How to Keep Deer Out of Your Garden

Tips from Clive’s Gardening Services

Deer can be charming creatures to observe from afar, but for gardeners, they often pose a significant challenge. These graceful animals are notorious for their voracious appetites and can quickly turn a thriving garden into a buffet. At Clive’s Gardening Services, we understand the frustration of seeing your hard work nibbled away. Here’s our comprehensive guide to help you keep deer out of your garden and protect your precious plants.

1. Choose Deer-Resistant Plants

One of the most effective ways to deter deer is to fill your garden with plants they typically avoid. While no plant is entirely deer-proof, certain varieties are less appealing to their palates. Consider incorporating:

– Aromatic herbs like lavender, rosemary, and sage.

– Spiky plants such as holly, barberry, and yucca.

– Fuzzy or tough foliage like lamb’s ear and ornamental grasses.

– Toxic plants to deer, like daffodils and foxgloves.

By choosing plants that are less appetizing to deer, you can reduce the likelihood of your garden becoming their next meal.

2. Install Physical Barriers

Fencing is one of the most reliable methods for keeping deer out of your garden. However, deer are excellent jumpers, so your fence needs to be at least 8 feet high to be effective. Here are a few options:

– Solid fences: Wooden or vinyl fences can create a visual and physical barrier.

– Electric fences: These deliver a mild shock to deter deer from crossing.

– Mesh or wire fences: Durable and less obtrusive, these can be reinforced with tall posts.—

-Estate Fencing:  Can be customised to your desired height and color, tailored to meet your specific requirements.

For added protection, consider angling the top of the fence outward to make it harder for deer to jump over.

3. Use Deer Repellents

Repellents can be a good deterrent when used correctly. They work by making plants smell or taste unpleasant to deer. Here are a few types:

– Commercial sprays: These are formulated with ingredients like garlic, hot pepper, or putrescent eggs.

– Homemade solutions: A mixture of soap, garlic, or eggs can be effective.

– Granular repellents: These can be sprinkled around plants to deter deer with strong scents.

Remember to reapply repellents regularly, especially after rain, and rotate products to prevent deer from becoming accustomed to them.

4. Employ Scare Tactics

Deer are skittish animals and can be deterred by unexpected sights and sounds. Try these methods:

– Motion-activated sprinklers: These surprise deer with a burst of water.

– Ultrasonic devices: These emit high-frequency sounds that are unpleasant to deer.

– Reflective objects: Hanging CDs or shiny tapes can confuse and scare deer away.

Keep in mind that deer can become accustomed to these tactics over time, so it’s beneficial to rotate and combine different methods for the best results.

5. Create a Multi-Layered Defence

Combining several strategies will provide the best protection for your garden. Use deer-resistant plants alongside physical barriers and repellents for a comprehensive approach. Regularly inspect your defenses and adapt your tactics as needed to stay ahead of these clever intruders.


Keeping deer out of your garden requires a combination of strategic planting, physical barriers, repellents, and scare tactics. At Clive’s Gardening Services, we’re here to help you create and maintain a beautiful garden, free from unwanted deer visits. If you need assistance with deer-proofing your garden or any other gardening needs, feel free to reach out to us!

Happy gardening, and may your plants thrive!