When winter hits, the food sources deer turn to in the wild become more scarce, and they often start turning to peoples' yard and gardens for sustenance. If you have a garden or plants that you would prefer not to get eaten by deer, then it's important to take measures to keep them safe. Here's a look at three options.
Put up a deer fence.
Obviously, this is the most effective option if you can afford it. Fences sold as "deer fencing" are typically made from wire mesh. They are about 8 feet tall and can be installed rather quickly and easily. Essentially, you will need to pound a few metal fence posts into the ground, and then unroll the metal mesh, attaching it to the metal posts as you go. Most fences sold as "deer fencing" are intended to be temporary. You can take the fence down again in the spring if you wish.
If you want a more permanent deer barrier, look into other types of fencing materials such as solid wood and chain link. Many fencing companies offer deals for customers who have fences installed in the fall, since this season is less busy for them. Just make sure you choose a fence that's around 8 feet tall; deer will jump over shorter ones.
Hang soap around your plants.
If putting up a fence is not an option, another way to hopefully deter the deer from eating your plants is to hang bars of soap around them. Deer dislike the smell of the soap and will thus stay away from your plants.
Tie pieces of string around some heavily scented bars of soap. Then, pound some stakes into the ground near the plants you're trying to protect. Tie the strings to the tops of the poles so that the bars of soap are hanging.
Spray deer repellent around your property border.
Many outdoor stores sell deer repellent, which is a spray that you can apply around the border of your property to hopefully repel the deer. They won't like the scent and will stay away. If you choose this route, keep in mind that you'll need to apply the repellent often, and probably after every rainstorm or snowstorm. Follow the instructions on the package for best results, and make sure you buy from a reputable brand.
Keeping deer from eating your garden plants is an ongoing battle. Installing a fence is the easiest route, but the most expensive. If you choose to try the soap or repellents, you'll spend less, but you'll have to be vigilant about checking and replacing your materials throughout the season.
To learn more about deer fencing options, get in touch with a fencing company like Gatlin Fence Company.