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How to Keep Deer Out of Your Yard

To keep your landscape beautiful and your garden healthy, you have to keep the deer away.


  • Step 1: Plant unappetizing flowers Minimize damage from deer by growing plants that deer find unappealing, like salvia, allium, ajuga, boxwood, and campsis.
  • TIP: Avoid growing hostas, roses, impatiens, and tulips, which are plants deer favor.
  • Step 2: Place hair around garden Place human or dog hair around your garden and trees to deter deer from munching on your landscape.
  • Step 3: Spray natural repellant Spray a mixture of 1 gallon water and 3 teaspoons hot sauce on the flowers and plants you want the deer to stop feeding on.
  • TIP: If you have a dog, allow it to roam freely to discourage deer from approaching.
  • Step 4: Install lights Install motion detector lights, which will startle deer and scare them away.
  • Step 5: Install a fence Install a fence around areas you do not want deer to invade.
  • FACT: Almost half of all car crashes involving deer occur in the months of October, November, and December.

You Will Need

  • Plants
  • Human or dog hair
  • A spray bottle
  • Hot sauce
  • Motion-detector lights
  • A fence
  • A large dog (optional)

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