Over the years we have had quite a run in with unwanted animals in our garden, especially deer. Along the way we have picked up a few tricks to help keep them out, without using harsh chemicals or having to build a fence. I thought that I would share a few of them with you today. These are things that we've tried personally, and know they work. Keep in mind though, that animals are smarter than you might think, and can get wise to some of these tactics. It is best to try and mix it up every now and then for continued success...
Old faithful - Scarecrows have been used for many years, and work beautifully. Not just for crows as the name might suggest, but for any number of garden nuisances. Wild animals are naturally afraid of people. That's just a fact. If they think people are in your garden... They won't be! ~ Not to mention, making a scarecrow is also a super fun arts and crafts project to do as a family! It doesn't have to be anything as elaborate as the picture, either. Simply dressing up a cross post with an old hat and long sleeved shirt, can often times do the trick.
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3) Irish Spring
This one is kinda funny, to me at least. Deer HATE the smell of Irish Spring (the original green bar soap) and won't go near the stuff. I don't know why. I just know it works! Simply shave the bar of soap in and around your garden area. (I especially like to use this one to keep them out of my roses!) The rain will slowly dissolve the soap, so make the pieces kinda thick, so that they will last longer. ~ What's funny about that you ask? Well, my Hubby (the avid deer hunter that he is) used to only shower with the green original Irish Spring bars! He has since changed his soap. LOL
4) Pie Pans
This one is a great way to deter a variety of unwanted critters. Simply punch a hole in a pie pan. Run a piece of string or twine through the hole. Then tie it up somewhere close to, or in your garden. Make sure it can swing in the wind, and that the location is sunny. The movement and reflections of light will keep out deer, birds, and many other garden robbers. Hang up several for added protection.
5) Video / Cassette Tape
This one works along the same concept as the pie pans (with light reflection and movement) but with an added sound factor. Pull the ribbon out of any old cassette or VHS tape. (Make sure it is one that you will not mind destroying... Barney, anyone?!) Tie long strands of the ribbon in and around your garden area, so that they will blow in the wind, and catch a bit of the sunlight. They will also make a rustling sound as they blow, helping to deter unwanted guests. Super easy, and you finally get to get even with that annoying purple dinosaur! ;o)
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6) Disposable Plastic Shopping Bags
Like the ribbon, this tactic uses both movement and sound. Simply run a string line either around the perimeter or near the edge of your garden. Every so often, attach a bag to the line. To do this, simply tie each handle individually to the string, so that it looks as if you were ready to fill it. This will allow for maximum visual effect, and it will flap and blow in the breeze, making a rustling sound. I've seen some people attach the bags with clothes pins, but we prefer to tie ours, so that they don't blow off as easily. It's just one more great way to re-purpose those little bags.
Weather resistant radios are fairly inexpensive these days. And given the right conditions (perhaps a shed near the garden) you might not even need that. Set up a radio near the garden and tune it to any 24 hour talk radio station that you can find. If you can't find talk radio, tune it to any station that plays 24/7. The sound of voices will carry through the area, and scare off most animals before they even get close to your garden. Their hearing is far better than ours, and it doesn't take much for them to take notice. There is no need to crank up the volume. Just a simple, regular speech level is sufficient.
Well, there you go, 7 simple ways to keep deer, as well as a few other animals, out of your garden without the use of harsh chemicals or a fence. ~ Now, if I could just keep the grass out as easily! ;o) I hope you've enjoyed this little post & if you have any other ideas, feel free to share them in the comment section. We're all in this together, and sharing ideas is why we're all here!