How to Keep Snakes & Deer Out of Flower Gardens


Flower gardens are susceptible to attack from several types of animals. Two common animals that frequent flower gardens are snakes and deer. Both are intelligent enough to remember where your flower garden is after they find it the first time. This means they will continue to come back and destroy your flower garden until nothing is left. Take quick action to keep these garden pests at bay.


Step 1

Clean up the surrounding area. If snakes are attracted to your property, they will find your flower garden. Remove leaf piles, firewood stacks or other possible snake hiding places.

Step 2

Trap the snakes. Mississippi State University recommends setting up glue boards used to capture rodents to trap your snakes. Place them around the perimeter of your flower garden. When the snake slides over it to get to the flower garden, it will get stuck.

Step 3

Create a snake repellent. The USDA recommends using cinnamon oil and clove oil in your snake repellent. Add 10 drops cinnamon oil and 10 drops clove oil to 1 cup of water. Do this in an empty spray bottle, and then spray the flower garden with it to keep the snakes away.


Step 1

Repel the deer by placing six eggs, four jalapeno peppers, six gloves of garlic and 5 cups of warm water in a blender. Blend until combined and then strain with a piece of cheesecloth. Pour into a spray bottle, and spray your flower bed. This recipe will not hurt your flowers, but it will repulse the deer so they stay away.

Step 2

Cut scented dryer sheets in to strips. Tie them to the tops of stakes and set them all around your flower garden. Deer don't like the smell of scented objects, and will stay away from your flowers.

Step 3

Hang aluminum pie plates just above your flower beds. The pie plates are shiny and will continue to move with the wind. Deer are easily startled so this will scare them away from the area.

Tips and Warnings

  • Moth balls are not safe to use as a repellent even though some websites may suggest it. They are toxic to humans and animals, including your dog or cat.

Things You'll Need

  • Glue boards
  • 10 drops cinnamon oil
  • 10 drops clove oil
  • 1 cups water
  • Empty spray bottle
  • 6 eggs
  • 4 jalapeno peppers
  • 6 gloves of garlic
  • 5 cups of warm water
  • Blender
  • Cheesecloth
  • Scented dryer sheets
  • Scissors
  • Stakes
  • Aluminum pie plates


  • Mississippi State University: Reducing Snake Problems Around Homes
  • USDA: Snake Repellent
  • North Dakota State University: Questions on Deer
  • Deer Departed: Deer Repellents
Keywords: repelling snakes, repelling deer, flower garden pests

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