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The best site for homemade deer repllent recipes is Deer-Departed.com a great deer control site. There are about 50 different suggests for homemade deer repellent. Some are very simple and some more complex. Several people swear by their recipe. There are also some light heart suggestions and some comical suggestions. This site is well worth visiting and if you first read the recipes at the top of the page, then read through the reads suggestions at the bottom, you will have many deer repellent recipes to try. The site also has tips to know if it is really deer that are damaging your plants and offers several pages of deer resistant plant suggestions. Wondering how many deer are in your area? There is a chart showing deer populations also. If you want to make your own homemade deer repellents and save some money, this site is for you. Deer-Departed.com

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Plantskydd for Rabbit and Deer Control is a non-toxic animal browse deterrent made from dried bloodmeal and vegetable oil. It is all natural and safe for the environment and the applicator.

Plantskydd comes in powder, pre-mix, and granular form, is an organic control, waterproof, and acts as a fertilizer as well. Developed in Sweden in the early ‘90’s for commercial forest plantations, this field-tested repellent has proven safe and effective at protecting trees, ornamental landscaping plants, and field and garden plants and crops from deer, elk, and rabbits.

Plantskydd is certified organic and is widely used by farmers to protect crops and orchards and by foresters to protect seedlings. Plantskydd is one of the top selling repellents on the market and we highly suggest it.

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Ro-Pel Deer Repellent

One of the most popular combination deer repellents (ones that act on both odor and taste control) is Ro-Pel.  Ro-Pel® combines the bitterest tasting substance ever discovered with a non-toxic solvent system to allow it to adhere to different surfaces. Applied full strength, Ropel has no unpleasant odor.  It can be used on trees, saplings, plants,bulbs, and seeds, but can NOT be used on edible plants or crops. Do not apply on sugar maple trees if the sap is to be harvested for syrup. One gallon of ready-to-use Ro-Pel® will treat 1,000 to 4,000 square feet.

This repellent is available at Amazon, but do your homework and make sure it is the right deer repellent to meet your needs.  Note that you can not use it on edible plants.

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Deeroscaping II

Continuing with basics landscape design in deer areas, lets look at some other precautions we can take.

3.  Determine the main entryway of deer and make it as discouraging as possible. Just as we talked about making the edges unfriendly, position plants that are poisonous to deer or at least plants on the rarely damaged list by the entryway. If you have to use plants that are occasionally damaged, then keep the plants sprayed with repellent. Deer are creatures of habit. Find their path that they have been using when entering your landscape and make sure it is not appealing to the deer.

4.  Hide susceptible plants from the deer. Deer won’t go were they can’t see past or see over. Plant border hedges or large plants to hide smaller susceptible plants under larger deer resistant trees and shrubs.

5.  Keep border grasses cut down and keep edibles picked up. If there is tall grass, the deer are encouraged to make beds. If fruit, nuts, or unharvested vegetables are left on the ground, the deer will find it hard to resist entering the landscape.

For complete information and an upcoming E-book check http://deer-departed.com/deeroscaping.html

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Continuing with Deeroscaping, the practice of landscape design with deer resistance in mind, lets look at some of the deer deterrent design steps.

1. Choose deer resistant alternatives as much as possible. Categorize the plants you need by form, function,color, and size. There are several charts of rarely damaged plants to use to substitute plants of similar size, flower color, growth habit, etc.Check http://www.deer-departed.com/deer-resistant-plants.html  for several charts of resistant plants.
2.Plant deer resistant plants around the outside edges of the landscape.This may be enough to discourage deer from coming in further to find your more susceptible plants on the interior.  If you just have to have plants that aren’t on the rarely-damaged lists, then you will have to plan for spraying the plants with repellent.  Keeping the beds narrow enough that you can spray from both sides will be helpful.  If you will have to spray repellent, you can find recipes to make your own at http://deer-departed.com/deer-repellent-recipes.html 

Next time we will take about more deer deterrent design tips.

OK,

you have read the list of deer damage signs and you have decided that you have deer problems.  As we go forward talking about all the different deer management techniques and products available, let’s think about the big picture.  What would you plant in your yard if deer were not an issue?  Do you like roses, or need a hedge?  Keep what you need in mind.  We can still have that overall design, we just may need to make some substitutions of plants and may have to do a few other things.  This is deeroscaping, Designing with deer in mind. 

More on deeroscaping next time or go to http://www.deer-departed.com/deeroscaping.html

If you still aren’t sure about what is damaging your plants after the last blog, consider these other signs.

Vegetable Sampling – Deer like to sample vegetables.  They will take bits out of vegetables like green tomatoes, pumpkins, and squash. 

Deer Tracks – Deer leave deer tracks that distinctive hoof prints. The deer tracks are shaped like broken hearts and are about 2-3 inches long. Running deer leave tracks much farther apart than deer walking or grazing.  Be aware however that there are other animals that leave similar tracks.  Elk, cattle, llamas, and goats all have similar tracks, but obviously if you don’t have any of those other animals in your neighborhood, the suspects are narrowed down considerably.

Time of Day – Deer are most active just after dusk and just before dawn.  If your damage is being done in the daytime, look around your area for daytime feeders like goats or sheep.
Deer Scat – Scat, also called deer droppings, is a calling card that you will also find around damage. In the winter months when deer are mostly eating twigs and leaves, the droppings will be small elongated pellets.  In the spring and summer months when deer are feeding on lush green shoots, leaves, grass, fruit, etc, the pellets clump together and are left as a mass.