The biggest threat to your lawn and gardens sometimes are not the pests that can ravage the area but, rather, the wildlife that can habitually eat away at your beautiful lawn and plantings. One such animal that we hear about often is the deer population damaging the landscaping of homes in our region. Let’s take a closer look at this deer dilemma and what you can do to protect your yard.
According to agricultural research, there were an estimated 500,000 white-tailed deer in the United States at the turn of the century. The most recent estimate is that their population has grown to over 25 million. That is a huge increase! That means that you are not mistaken to believe that you are seeing more and more deer in your region. This population explosion means that homeowners need to get savvy about how to avoid deer damage to their property.
There are many actions you can take to make your yard less attractive to deer, but the first step you will want to take is to be certain that deer are the problem and not some other wildlife. Check for deer prints or deer droppings in your yard. You may even spot a deer munching on your plantings. If you are uncertain, contact an expert that can tell you exactly what kind of animal is harming your lawn and garden.
Once you have identified that deer are, in fact, the problem you can take action.
- Fencing – Deer can jump, so if you are fencing in an area where the deer tend to graze, be sure that the fence is high enough, at least 6-feet tall.
- Choose Deer-Resistant Plantings – Foxgloves, carnations, poppies, and lavender are all examples of plants that deer will naturally avoid. Plant these around your yard as a natural deterrent.
- Loud or Sudden Noises – Deer are easily startled by loud noises. Wind chimes, a dog’s bark, and even a bell can scare off the invaders. Some homeowners set up a noise alarm that can deter the deer from setting up camp in your yard.
Do you have a deer problem? Call Pro-Tech Lawn Care at (603) 382-9644 or Toll-Free: (800) 313-4733, and visit our website.