4 Solutions for Repelling Deer | Reader's Digest

4 Solutions for Repelling Deer

Keep deer off your lawn and out of your garden with these tricks.

from Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things

Chicken Wire
Are the deer tearing up your garden again? Here’s a simple method to keep them away: Stake chicken wire flat around the perimeter of your garden. Deer don’t like to walk on it, and it is not an eyesore like a chicken-wire fence.

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Pepper
Your freshly budding garden seems as if it’s ringing the dinner bell for the neighborhood deer. They’ll find another place to dine if you spray your bushes with a cayenne and water mixture.

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Sheets
Circle the garden with a cord about 3 feet (1 meter) above the ground, then tie strips of white sheets to it every 2 feet (60 centimeters); a tail-height flash of white is a danger sign to a deer.

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Vinegar
Some animals — including cats, deer, dogs, rabbits, and raccoons — can’t stand the scent of vinegar even after it has dried. You can keep these unauthorized visitors out of your garden by soaking several recycled rags in white vinegar, and placing them on stakes around your veggies. Resoak the rags about every 7-10 days.

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