Do you have what seems like a million deer walking around your neighborhood munching on any landscaping to you attempt to do? Well I do and it’s enough to make me bonkers. I love LOVE love the fall and especially mums and everything pumpkin. How can I make my house look pretty and keep the darn deer away?
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I’m telling you these deer are relentless. They eat everything and I mean EVERYTHING. I have tried it all. I put hair shavings on my plants, heck I even had my boys pee on them. But nope the deer still destroyed it all. So what did finally work for me? By the end of this quick video you’ll have my home remedy to keep the deer away, while making your front entrance beautiful for fall!
DEER, DEER AND MORE DEER.
So let’s talk about the deer. The white-tailed deer are known to be natives of the United States and amazingly, New Jersey is home to a large number of a growing herd of white-tailed deer with a number ranging from 120,000 to as much as 180,000.
So having said that, these deer love to eat almost anything they can find. BUT for the most part they are herbivores: They eat leaves, stems, and buds of woody plants throughout the year. Fruits and nuts (especially acorns), garden vegetables, flowers, and agricultural crops are important seasonally. But yes, deer will eat meat occasionally if the opportunity arises.
So, those beautiful displays many of us like to create around the beginning of October to welcome in the fall weather???? Well it’s basically an invitation for all the deer to come snack at your front door!
Here are some Fun Facts about the local NJ Deer:
🦌 A deer’s nose is over 80x more sensitive than ours
🦌 A deer can jump a 9 foot fence
🦌Deer are the largest wild herbivore in NJ
🦌A deer’s stomach is able to digest different foods at specific times of the year.
🦌There are no natural predators to deer in New Jersey in high enough numbers to affect the white-tailed deer population. Humans, motorists, and domestic dogs remain the only real predators.
🦌A female deer (doe) can begin reproducing as early as six months of age
🦌Although numbers vary, reports have estimated that there are over 125,000 white-tailed deer in New Jersey, compared to one hundred years ago when there was practically no deer at all.
Here are some favorites of Deer:
- Red Twigged Dogwood
- Bee Balm
- Cardinal Flower
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
So there are literally ONLY 2 things you’ll need:
A bar of Irish Spring Soap
So all I did, was literally, place a plate under a cheese grater. I then took an entire bar of Irish Spring Soap and rubbed it up and down and side to side all over the grater until the whole bar was done. Seems easy enough right?
Then I took all of the shredded soap and sprinkled it all over the plants I had placed near my front door. I used it in the mums, the cabbage and I placed a bit near the pumpkins just to be sure it kept the deer away.
I was like a crazy “deer stalker”. I would stick my head out the door a few times a day to see if anything was “eaten”. And each morning I checked because I was so used to waking up and my mums being GONE.
Well I am on now day 10 of my fall decorations by my front door and I have had NO problems at all!
So, there you have it! What do you think? Will you be trying out the Irish Spring method to keep those pesky deer away from your front door and landscaping?
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