Reducing Deer Damage in Landscapes
An attractive, healthy landscape can increase a home’s value, enhance sustainability, and improve quality of life for individual home owners and residents of the surrounding community.
All of your landscape work and investment can be ruined overnight if you do not select deer resistant varieties or take measures to protect plants from deer browsing. The most effective strategies to minimize deer damage in residential landscapes are the use of repellents, fencing, and plant selection to emphasize species deer prefer not to eat.
N.C. Cooperative Extension’s Chatham County Center offered a free class on this topic that focused on deer resistant plants adapted to piedmont landscapes. While there is no plant that is completely deer proof, there are many plants deer prefer not to eat if other options are available. Review the resources below to learn which plants are least likely to be damaged by deer and other non-lethal techniques you can use to minimize deer damage in your landscape.
Review slides from presentations on reducing deer damage in landscapes:
- Minimizing Deer Damage in Landscapes, Pittsboro, Oct. 2015
- Deer Resistant Plants, Pinehurst, Sept. 2015
Deer Resistant Plants
- Deer resistant plants fact sheet
- Search the NCSU Going Native plant database for deer resistant native plants
- Search NC Extension’s Plant Database for plants recommended for NC landscapes
Constructing Deer Fencing
- Deer problems in residential areas, NC Wildlife Resources Commission fact sheet – includes detailed fencing diagrams
- Controlling deer damage – includes fencing diagrams, from Missouri Extension
- Wildlife damage management – Deer, includes fencing diagrams
- How to build a plastic mesh deer exclusion fence – Purdue Extension
- Overview and cost analysis of deer repellents, Alabama Extension
- Using deer repellents, Maryland Extension
Learn More About Reducing Deer Damage:
- White-tailed deer – Wildlife Chapter, Extension Gardener Handbook
- Deer problems in the landscape, NCSU fact sheet
- Gardening in deer country, Village of Pinehurst
- Reducing deer damage at home and on the farm, Clemson Extension
- Wildlife Profile – Deer, from NC Wildlife Resource Commission
- White-Tailed Deer Overview, NC Wildlife Resources Commission
Use Extension Search to find research based information from Cooperative Extension systems across the U.S.
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