Oh, Deer! How to Keep Wildlife Out of Your Garden


Once you’ve planted your summer garden, it’s a real pain to keep nibbling critters away from the lettuce, peppers, and cucumbers. Deer are particularly trying since they make quick work of eradicating an entire garden in one night. Shooing them away rarely works because they’re relentless little creatures who will keep coming back to feast on your in-ground buffet – which is why you need to take the appropriate steps to turn them away for good. Battling Bambi in a safe and humane way takes a little time, but with a little effort you can send those doe-eyed munchers packing.

DIY Life takes a look at a few different approaches including mesh fencing and border plants that make your vegetable garden less tantalizing. What really caught our eye was a solar-powered device meant to repel deer without harming a hair on their fuzzy little hides. The Guardener works two ways:

First with ultrasonic waves that are audible (and annoying) to deer but not people, and then with short blasts of water. (The base of the unit holds 3.5-gallons of water, enough for 30 or 40 cycles, so no piping is necessary.) The unit is triggered by a motion sensor, so be sure to place it where passersbys or wind will not be a problem. It works on other animals pests too.

If you’re not crazy about the idea of random blasts of water, there are some other options including a device that triggers lights and an FM radio – sure to be a huge hit with your neighbors when it’s triggered in the middle of the night.

Check out the post for additional ideas about keeping deer out of your garden. If you’ve got a great tip that’s worked for you, please share it in the comments below.

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