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How to Keep Deer Out of Raised Garden Boxes

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Overview

Raised gardens are very susceptible to suffering deer damage because they offer delicious plants and vegetables at just the right height for deer to enjoy a feast. If you have deer in your area, they will find your raised garden bed if it is not protected or set up to repel the deer. There are a few steps you can take to keep your raised garden bed safe from those hungry deer.

Step 1

Wrap chicken wire around the raised garden bed. Measure the height of the raised garden bed. Subtract that from a total of 8 feet. This is how high your chicken wire must be because deer can't jump higher than 8 feet. So, if your raised garden bed is 4 feet high, you will need 4 feet of chicken wire.

Step 2

Collect a bag of human hair from a hair salon, and a bag of dog hair from a dog groomer. Spread the hair around the raised garden bed. Deer will smell the hair and stay away from the garden bed. This is because deer are afraid of humans and dogs.

Step 3

Plant some deer-resistant plants around the edges of your raised flower bed. These are plants that deer don't like to eat, or plants that are unattractive to deer. They include Bird of Paradise, Queen Anne's Lace, Indian Blanket and the Black-eyed Susan.

Step 4

Create an all-natural deer repellent by blending eggs with water. Let the mixture sit in the sun for 24 hours. Then place the mixture in a spray bottle and spray all of the plants in your raised vegetable garden. The mixture will not hurt the plants, but will keep deer away.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't allow anyone to hunt the deer unless they are going to eat the meat.

Things You'll Need

  • Chicken wire
  • Human hair
  • Dog hair
  • Deer-resistant plants
  • 2 eggs
  • Water
  • Spray bottle

References

  • Flower Gardening Made Easy: Deer-resistant Plants and Tips
  • Hobby Farms: Keep Your Garden Protected
  • NDSU Extension Service: Questions on Deer

Who Can Help

  • Camouflage Gardening: Deer-resisistant Plants
Keywords: raised garden beds, deer control, deer repellent

About this Author

Alicia Bodine has been a professional writer for six years. She has produced thousands of articles for online publications such as Demand Studios, Bright Hub, Associated Content and WiseGeek. Bodine is also the current cooking guru for LifeTips. She has received awards for being a top content producer.