Deer can cause severe damage to gardens in rural and suburban areas. They feed on many vegetables and flowers, stripping off new growth and often eating the entire plant. Deer may also browse on the tender bark, leaves, and twigs of shrubs and trees. Usually they feed on tree buds and bark during the winter or when other sources of food are scarce. The males may damage trees by rubbing their antlers on the trunks and branches. While feeding, they may trample on plants.
To prevent deer damage use Ortho® Deer B Gon® Deer & Rabbit Repellent according to label instructions. Additional options include: Mesh fences: A fence made of plastic mesh is quite effective yet less visible than other fences, especially in wooded or brushy country. Most mesh is about 2×2 inches. The mesh is lightweight, inexpensive, and easier to install than metal fencing. It can be attached to trees in wooded areas. Slanted fences: A slanted fence may also be used. Although deer are good high jumpers, they will not jump a barricade that is both high and wide. You can keep deer out with a fence that is only 4 feet high if it is also 4 feet wide. Anchor 6-foot steel posts in the ground 30 to 40 feet apart, burying the bottom third of the post. Attach a heavy guy wire along the top. Stretch 6-foot-wide wire-mesh fencing at a 45°F angle along the posts, securing the mesh with stakes at the bottom and attaching it to the guy wires at the top. Build the fence so that the deer will approach it from the side where the posts are anchored. If you live in an area where snowfall is heavy, wire mesh is likely to be crushed by settling snowpack. Instead, use smooth wire stretched horizontally 4 inches apart.