In many areas, deer have become lawn and garden pests. Learn about deer-resistant plants and how to keep deer out of your garden with deterrents.
First, here's a short list of what not to plant: azaleas and rhododendrons, fruit trees, euonymus, roses, hostas and lilies are all delicacies to the deer palate. Some plants are less appealing to deer. These plants tend to have an odor, taste or texture that deer are not fond of. You might be pleasantly surprised by some of the plants on the list. You don't have to resort to a stark, ugly landscape. Try some of these:
Keeping pests out is one way of preventing damage. Frightening them away is another. You can choose between man-made or natural methods. Use caution however — remember that pets and children may also be affected by these.
Last but not least, don't underestimate the family dog. The mere presence of another mammal will do a lot to keep deer off of your property.
Deer are not as meek as they may seem. In rutting season especially, the males can be quite aggressive, so think twice before you try to chase them out of the yard or sic your dog on them. As any cornered animal will do, they will defend themselves. Antlers and hooves are a combination you really do not want to deal with.