What Should You Do About the Deer in Your Yard?

People have mixed opinions on deer, especially the deer that wander their way onto their private property. Some view these beautiful creatures with a sense of awe and wonder, as they appreciate their beauty and perhaps even invite their presence. Others, however, view deer as an intrusion, an unwanted presence that could negatively impact the plant life they’ve worked so hard to cultivate on their land.

There are plenty of reasons to want to eliminate deer presence from your property.

  • If you grow fruits or vegetables, deer could eat them before you have a chance to harvest.
  • Deer are a common cause of motor vehicle accidents, so you may not want to invite the risk into your area.
  • The ticks that deer may carry can transmit Lyme disease to humans.

If you are worried about the ill effects that deer could have on your property and the surrounding area, you should know that there are plenty of things that you can do to minimize the issue. Continue reading to learn more about your options!

Deer Fencing

There are many styles of fencing available for the purpose of keeping deer away. Traditional deer fencing solutions are commonly used and have widely been embraced as the standard when it comes to putting a physical barrier between your property and intrusive deer. Modern fencing solutions have evolved quite a bit, including the invention of wireless fencing. So, there’s a fencing option suitable for every preference.

Undesirable Plants

There are many types of plants that deer won’t eat, either because of the taste or (most likely) the texture of the plant matter. By planting these around your property, you can reduce the incident of deer showing up uninvited. Such plants include:

    • Foxglove
    • Buckthorn
    • Yarrow
    • Dragon’s Head
    • Bishop’s Weed

If the plant is prickly or somehow textured in a way that doesn’t feel pleasant on the palette, deer won’t bother with it. This might not deter them completely, but it is very likely to diminish the presence of deer on your land.

Remove Water Sources

When not in use, it’s advisable to remove sources of water from your yard. This includes dog or cat bowls and even those small pools commonly used to keep children cool in the summer. Deer will always favor a location that has a source of water. Don’t turn your yard into one such source.