Deer Resistant Landscaping
Deer-Resistant Vs. Deer-ProofDeer have their dining preferences.
They prefer bland tasting, non-toxic and non-odorous plant material. Whether or not your plant is eaten can also depend on factors external to the plants such as natural area food sources, weather, and numbers of deer. No plant is deer-proof; however, there are a number of factors that allow non-preferred plants to get eaten. These include succulent new growth (may make the plant more palatable than usual); easy availability (why walk by a free lunch?); and familiarity (develop a taste for it after minimal nibbles over two or three years). Something "resistant" may get browsed each year, but usually not devastated. The next year, a different plant may be browsed. Many plants recover and bloom the following year. Listed are a few suggestions.