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Question DetailsAsked on 4/8/2013

How do you prevent deer from eating the bushes?

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This questions has been asked ever since mankind started gardens.

The obvious answer is to plant bushes they won't eat (or mostly won't eat - 'cause, if they are hungry enough, they will eat anything). Rhododendron seem to be the last one of my bushes they eat.

Sprays, like wolf urine, although you will have to re-apply after a rain. This works for my neighbors.

Netting is the last resort; they can jump many fences under 4' tall.

Answered 7 years ago by Wally Ballou


An Angie's List Magazine contributor recently penned this advice for how to keep deer out of your yard. Hope it helps!


Answered 7 years ago by JP


An update - the deer just ate my rohodos last night. So much for them being "deer-resistant".

For low ground cover I have heard a spice garden works well, since deer won't eat most herbs.

Answered 7 years ago by Wally Ballou


Wolf urine works, but as stated needs reapplication after rains or sprinkling. There are also a couple of commercial products you can hang from the bushes, that are available from nurseries and places like Amazon. I have had good luck against moose with Irish Spring soap bars - 4 hanging around an apple tree protected it for about 5 years, until the soap bars started falling apart from weathering. Fels Naptha laundry bar soap supposedly works too - it certainly smells nasty to me, and worked against mule deer in our orchard in southern California !

You can buy cheap rolls of deer netting to hang around your trees and shrubs - on posts a foot or more clear of the bush and at least 7 feet tall for full protection, or just draped over it if you don't mind them nibbling through the netting on the outer leaves and any branch tips that grow through the netting. You have to remove and replace it a couple times during the growing season if you use the drape method, else the plant will grow through it and you will not be able to remove and redrape it again.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD


my hair stylist swears that human hair around the bottom of the bushes keeps them out! haven't tried YET LOL!

Answered 6 years ago by Guest_97410121

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