Ridge Road Garden Center products:
Liquid Fence - our best selling product! Deer Scram - not sprayed on the plant.
Plantskydd - good alternative to Liquid Fence.
Shake Away - a predator urine product.
Blood Meal - Irish Spring soap shavings, human hair, or a fence (the best!).
There's no such thing as a plant that deer will never eat. However, these plants are good, deer-resistant choices: Lilac, Lavender, Forsythia, Iris, Spirea, Potentilla, Bee Balm, Flowering Dogwood, Coneflower, Shasta Daisy, Columbine, most ferns, Russian sage, Foxglove and Ornamental grasses.
Following are a great list of deer resistant plants that won't get too tall, but will provide a great visual barrier. Other qualities of the following plants are that they are deer resistant and drought resistant. They also grow fairly fast!
• Arizona Cypress
• Sparton Juniper
• Sky Rocket Juniper
• Grevelia Canberra
• Pineapple Guava
• Oregon Grape
Plant these plants early before summer to get them established before the onslaught of heat and lack of water that we all know happens in the summer. You'll be glad you did!
Deer are hungry! You'll be most successful if you put deer repellents out when you first see deer damage or begin to notice deer hanging around. Follow directions and reapply as recommended. If you continue to see deer damage, switch to a different repellent. Our faithful friends, dogs, also keep deer away!
We recommend you purchase deer repellent even for “deer resistant” plants in your gardens. Deer will damage newly planted areas, no matter what they are, yes, even deer resistant or plants known as 'deer proof' plants! Deer repellent helps to keep the plant protected until established.
Deer fencing can be unobtrusive, blending in with the natural surroundings, and keeping deer away from your gardens. Look closely in the photo below to see the fencing. Remember, many plants are deer-proof, but when really hungry, deer will cross those boundaries of your garden.
Deer can jump very high, so an effective double fence needs be at least 7 feet tall. Deer may try to go over, under or through a fence, so make sure it is securely staked to wood or metal posts and that it goes all the way to the ground. Deer have poor depth perception; double fencing unnerves them.
You may need to use a taste deterrent as well. Among these are piperene-based sprays and hot pepper wax. Both are very unpleasant to deer. Another option is a throat numbing spray such as Cepacol. Remember what it does to your throat? It’ll do that to the deer, too. Not harmful, just annoying.