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Deer Control 101

Deer Control 101

If you have mature plants that are being devoured by deer, it's time to take action! Deer Repellents can be very effective and easy to use. Deer will almost always stay away from plants that offend two or more senses. Therefore, if a plant tastes and smells offensive deer will avoid the general area it's planted in. Deer resistant gardener use's this knowledge to their advantage. recommends using two deer deterrents together (one that offends the sense of smell and one that offends the sense of taste) they will render your tasty plant repulsive to deer. The best combination we have found is: Deer Guard  or Hot
Pepper Wax
  used in conjunction with Coyote Urine. Using two products will activate the sense of smell and taste and encourage the deer to move on to more attractive foliage (hopefully not your neighbors'). You can learn more about or purchase these products at's Deer Repellent DepartmentDeer hate hot and spicy foods After one little nibble of a plant coated with hot pepper wax they will definitely say, "No thank you!" when it comes time for seconds. Hot pepper wax combines hot cayenne pepper extract in a food-grade wax. Unlike some solutions, the wax will not wash off of your plants for several weeks. Applying hot pepper wax to the surfaces of your plants & hanging dispensers filled with Coyote Urine is possibly the most effective method of protecting your plants from deer browsing. Most deer deterrents work on the premise of "offending" one of the deer's five senses: sight, taste, smell, hearing or touch. Predator urine works on the sense of smell, while hot pepper wax works on the sense of taste. Using these two products together you are not just offending one sense, but two.

Below is a list of Plants, Flowers, and Vegetables that deer love to eat (Deer Candy) as well a list of plants to avoid!

Deer Repellent

Flowers Plants & Trees
That Deer Love Eat

Flower Plants & Trees
That Deer Avoid

Azaleas - Rhododendron (all) Adam's Needle - Yucca filamentosa
Aborvitae - Thuja species Allegheny Spurge - Pachysandra Pachysandra
Apple trees - Malus species Aster - Aster (all)
Eastern White Pine - Pinus strobus Beautyberry - Callicarpa (all)
False cedars - Chamacecyparis (all) Beebalm - Monarda didyma
Fir - Abies (all) Bethlehem Sage - Pulmonaria saccharata
Clematis - Clematis any species Blanket Flower - Gaillardia grandiflora
Cornelian dogwood (yellow flowered dogwood) - Bleeding Heart - Dicentra spectabilis
Crab apple - Malus (all) Blue Oat Grass - Helictotrichon sempervirens
Eastern redbud - Cercis Canadensis Bluebeard - Caryopteris clandonensis
English ivy - Hedera helix Boltonia - Boltonia asteroides
Euonymus (all varieties) - Euonymus (all) Bugleweed - Ajuga reptans
European mountain ash - Sorbus aucuparia Butterfly weed - Asclepias (all)
Fruit bearing peach, pear & plum trees (decor fine) Catmint - Nepeta (all)
Hybrid tea roses - Rosa odorata, any hybrids Christmas Fern - Polystichum acrostichoides
Korean lilac - Syringa patula Cinnamon Fern - Osmunda cinnamomea
Mugo pine - Pinus mugo Colorado Spruce - Picea pungens Hoopsii
Norway maple - Acer platanoides Columbine - Aquilegia (all)
Rhododendron - Rhododendron (all) Coral Bells - Heuchera (all)
Umbrella pine - Pinus pinea Coralbark Maple - Acer palmatum Sango-kaku
Vinca - Vinca minor Daffodil - Narcissus (all)
Vine maple - Acer circinatum Dog-hobble - Leucothoe (all)
Yew - Taxis (all) English Lavender - Lavandula angustifolia
European Beech - Fagus sylvatica
European Wild Ginger - Asarum europaeum
False Spirea - Astilbe arendsii
Anemone - Anemone Fountain Grass - Pennisetum alopecuroides
Beans - Phaseolus (all) Fringed Bleeding Heart - Dicentra eximea
Blackberry - Rubus (all) Gayfeather - Liatris spicata
Broccoli - Brassica (all) Goldenchain Tree - Laburnum watereri
Cauliflower - Brassica (all) Goldenrod - Solidago (all)
Daylilies - Hemerocallis (all) Great Solomon's Seal - Polygonatum (all)
Geum - Geum (all) Hakone Grass - Hakonechloa macra
Hosta - Hosta (all) Hollywood Juniper - Juniperus chinensis Torolosa
Lettuce - Lactuca (all) Japanese Barberry - Berberis thunbergii Crimson Pygmy
Peas - Pisum satirum Japanese Blood Grass - Imperata cylindrica Red Baron
Raspberry - Rubus (all) Japanese Garden Juniper - Juniperus procumbins
Strawberry - Fragaria (all) Japanese Maple - Acer palmatum Versicolor
Sweet corn - Zea mays Japanese Pachysandra - Pachysandra terminalis
Trillium - Trillum (all) Japanese Silver Grass - Miscanthus sinensis
Tulip - Tulipa (all) Japanese Snowbell - Styrax japonicus
Violets - Viola Japanese Stewartia - Stewartia pseudocamellia
Katsura - Cercidiphyllum japonicum
Lamb's Ears - Stachys byzantina
Leatherleaf viburnum - Viburnum rhytidophyllum
Lily-of-the-Valley - Convallaria majalis
Lilyturf - Liriope spicata
Moonglow Juniper - Juniperus scopulorum Moonglow
Mountain Laurel - Kalmia latifolia
Mountain Pieris - Pieris floribunda
Oriental Fountain Grass - Pennisetum orientale
Ostrich Fern - Matteuccia struthiopteris
Paperbark Cherry - Prunus serrula
Paperbark Maple - Acer griseum
Perennial Sage - Salvia nemorosa
Pieris - Pieris (all) Brower's Beauty
Purple Coneflower - Echinacea purpurea
Ravenna Grass - Erianthus ravennae
Red-Hot-Poker - Kniphofia uvaria
Ribbon Grass - Phalaris arundinaceae
Russian Sage - Perovskia atriplicifolia
Sea Oats - Chasmanthium latifolium
Sedge - Carex (all)
Shasta Daisy - Chrysanthemum superbum
Shrubby Cinquefoil - Potentilla fruticosa
Siberian Bugloss - Brunnera macrophylla
Snakebark Maple - Acer capillipes
Spiraea - Spiraea bumalda
Spruce - Picea pungens Globosa
Spurge - Euphorbia (all)
Sugar Maple - Acer saccharum Legacy
Thyme - Thymus (all)
True Forget-Me-Not - Myosotis scorpiodes
Wild Ginger - Asarum canadense
Yarrow - Achillea filipendulina

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