How to Keep Deer Away From Flowers & Shrubs


Deer love to munch on flowers and shrubs. If you spent time and energy in creating a yard full of colorful flowers and decorative shrubs, you are going to want to protect them from deer. If you do not take precautions, you will find out that deer can cause devastation to your property in as little as one short night.

Step 1

Spray coyote urine around your flowers and shrubs. Even better, spray it around the perimeter of your property. The coyote is a natural predator to deer. The deer will smell the urine and think coyotes are nearby. This will keep them away from your property.

Step 2

Put a few fabric softener sheets on some stakes. Set the stakes in the ground around your flowers and shrubs. The scent of the fabric softener sheets is not appealing to the deer and they will look elsewhere for food.

Step 3

Make an invisible fence around your flowers and shrubs using invisible fishing line. String the fishing line 2 feet high. Then string another line around 4 feet high. When the deer go for your flowers or shrubs, they will walk in to the fishing line. This will startle them and send them packing.

Step 4

Set up a motion sensor on your property. You can purchase one that lights up, sprays water, or makes a loud noise when a deer walks by. Some motion sensors even offer a combination of these. Whenever a deer goes after your flowers or shrubs, it will set off the motion sensor which will scare it away.

Things You'll Need

  • Coyote urine
  • Fabric softener sheets
  • Wooden stakes
  • Invisible fishing line
  • Motion sensor


  • Minnesota Master Gardener: FAQ-Deer
  • USA Gardener: How to Keep Deer Out of the Garden
  • The Gardener's Network: Deer Protection for Your Garden
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