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Deer Resistant Plants

Are those beautiful but pasky creatures eating your garden? As we grow and expand our city limits, encounterig deer and other wildlife is becoming more common. If the leaf is torn rather appearing to be clean cut, deer are the likely culprit because they do not have upper front teeth. Otherwise, other wildlife such as rabbits or groundhogs could be feasting on your foilage. A deer can eat an average of 4.5 to 10 pounds of vegetation a day. No plant is completely deer proof, they will eat anything available when food is scarce. But there are many they will not eat if other food is available. Here are a few suggestions of plantings that should minimize the damage to your garden.
Annuals
Alyssum
Baby’s Breath
Begonia
Dahlia
Dusty Miller
Marigold
Verbana
Vinca
Zinnia
Perennials
Achillea
Butterfly Weed
Columbine
Delphinium
Ferns
Foxglove
Heather
Hibiscus
Joe Pye Weed
Lambs Ears
Lavender
Ornamental Grass
Pachysandra
Purple Coneflower
Salvia
Shasta Daisy
Siberian Iris
Yucca
Herbs
Dill
Mint
Rosemary
Russian Sage
Sweet Basil
Shrubs
Buddleia
Hibiscus
Spirea
Thuja
Viburnum
There are also commercial repellents on the market that are available. Make sure you use as directed and reapply after a heavy rainfall. You could also try netting or fencing. Dogs are a good deterrent, their movement and barking poses a threat to the deer.

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