Ornamentals that deer DON'T eat

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Ornamentals that deer DON'T eat

Post by The Schewe Famil » Sun, 22 Mar 1998 04:00:00



We have just moved to an area that sees a lot of deer visiting our yard
on a regular basis.  We want to landscape, but don't want to build
Stalag 13 with deer fence.

What is your favorite ornamental plant that deer don't like to eat?

Thanks, Tim.

 
 
 

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Post by Stephen M. Henni » Sun, 22 Mar 1998 04:00:00



Quote:

> We have just moved to an area that sees a lot of deer visiting our yard
> on a regular basis.  We want to landscape, but don't want to build
> Stalag 13 with deer fence.

> What is your favorite ornamental plant that deer don't like to eat?

The only plants I have seen deer ignore is spruce, the harp needled
varieties.  The link: http://www.borg.com/~dennis/deer/deer.html  lists a
lot of information on this.

--
Cheers, Steve Henning, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA

Visit my home page at http://www.users.fast.net/~shenning

 
 
 

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Post by MMEM » Mon, 23 Mar 1998 04:00:00


Boxwood, holly, photinia, magnolia, what zone are you in?

 
 
 

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Post by MMEM » Mon, 23 Mar 1998 04:00:00


I planted an acre of corn on the back of my property just for the deer.  Keeps
em away from the house as much as before.  Might try a barking dog or infared
motion sensors mounted around the house to light up the area.

 
 
 

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Post by foxe » Mon, 23 Mar 1998 04:00:00


Short of a high fence, I would suggest going to Michaels Arts and
Crafts, or Walmart, and buying those plastic flowers that they sell.
These should prove unworthy of deer feed.

Seriously, I have planted many kinds of plants, trees,a nd shrubs
around my place, and it seens that they nibble on all of them except
the Azalea and holly, and juniper species.

foxeye

On Sat, 21 Mar 1998 15:58:36 -0800, The Schewe Family

Quote:

>We have just moved to an area that sees a lot of deer visiting our yard
>on a regular basis.  We want to landscape, but don't want to build
>Stalag 13 with deer fence.

>What is your favorite ornamental plant that deer don't like to eat?

>Thanks, Tim.

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Post by Stephen M. Henni » Mon, 23 Mar 1998 04:00:00



Quote:

> Seriously, I have planted many kinds of plants, trees,a nd shrubs
> around my place, and it seens that they nibble on all of them except
> the Azalea and holly, and juniper species.

Deer around my place think that azaleas are desert and will even go after
juniper when thing are really tough.

--
Cheers, Steve Henning, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA

Visit my home page at http://www.users.fast.net/~shenning

 
 
 

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Post by TOM12 » Mon, 23 Mar 1998 04:00:00


Boxwoods and hollys are a very safe bet.......Tom

                               ???
                    Tom the Landscaper
"Why get your hands dirty, when you can pay me?"
                             Zone 6

 
 
 

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Post by Carol Wallac » Mon, 23 Mar 1998 04:00:00


What is your favorite ornamental plant that deer don't like to eat?
 -----
Believe me, if they are hungry enough, they'll eat anything! But in a
normal winter, they tend to leave my thorny old Garden roses alone, and
only seem to nibble the flowers from my rhododendrons.  I plant lots of
lavender around the roses, as they don't like strong odors, and that seems
to help.
 Carol
--
Virtually Gardening:
<http://www.suite101.com/topics/page.cfm/75?wog1>

 
 
 

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Post by Leo Smi » Mon, 23 Mar 1998 04:00:00


Holly and magnolia are on their salad list here. (the other 2 I
don't grow)

--
Leo Smit,   Mt Uniacke, Nova Scotia, Canada;
                     USDA Zone 5, sort-of


Quote:
>Boxwood, holly, photinia, magnolia, what zone are you in?

 
 
 

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Post by Tim » Mon, 23 Mar 1998 04:00:00


Quote:



> > Seriously, I have planted many kinds of plants, trees,a nd shrubs
> > around my place, and it seens that they nibble on all of them except
> > the Azalea and holly, and juniper species.

> Deer around my place think that azaleas are desert and will even go after
> juniper when thing are really tough.

When they are hungry enough, they'll probably stoop to Foxeye's plastic
plants. I doubt there's a lot to eat in Penn. in the dead of winter.

Here in the South, there's usually something decent (like our winter
wheat fields) to snack on throughout the winter.

Tim

 
 
 

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Post by Tim » Mon, 23 Mar 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> We have just moved to an area that sees a lot of deer visiting our yard
> on a regular basis.  We want to landscape, but don't want to build
> Stalag 13 with deer fence.

> What is your favorite ornamental plant that deer don't like to eat?

The deer here don't eat anything in my yard or garden...nor do the
racoons.  My dog keeps them out...my father even borrowed my dog last
year because racoons were eating his corn.  We just put the dog house in
the garden and chained her out there for a couple of nights...never had
a coon problem after that.  I guess her scent hung around long enough
for the corn to come in.

The deer are used to her, but they won't get within about 100 yards of
the house.  They eat in the pasture with the cattle almost every morning
and evening.

Tim

 
 
 

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Post by Dave Bogne » Tue, 24 Mar 1998 04:00:00


I have a small ornamental area along my driveway (200 yards from the
house) that is on a major deer trail.  So far, it seems that deer do not
eat daylilies or creeping shrubs such as blue rug juniper;  they seem to
find everything else pretty darn tasty.  I hope to eventually have a few
plants naturalized  that the deer won't bother with and I won't have to
bother with.  Any suggestions? What about Sedum (sp)?

 
 
 

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Post by Sandra O'Brie » Tue, 24 Mar 1998 04:00:00


Actually, they didn't eat my RED daylilies, but loved the peach colored
ones.

Quote:

>So far, it seems that deer do not
>eat daylilies or creeping shrubs such as blue rug juniper;

 
 
 

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Post by Dennis Mathias » Wed, 25 Mar 1998 04:00:00


On Mon, 23 Mar 1998 16:23:25 -0500, "Sandra O'Brien"

Quote:

>Actually, they didn't eat my RED daylilies, but loved the peach colored
>ones.

As others have pointed out they'll eat *anything* if they
get hungry enough.  The only hope in planting things that
they dislike is that the deer in your area aren't so
overpopulated that they're near starvation.  They generally
won't come close to places inhabited by humans in the first
place unless they're quite hungry, so the odds are against
you if you're being bothered by them at all.

My experience with daylilies is that they eat the early
tender foliage and crowns in spring, but leave them alone
when there's more to eat later in the season.  Flowers and
flower buds, on the other hand, are a favorite food any
time.  The color or kind doesn't seem to matter.

The only safe plants I've seen here are barberrys (thorns)
and junipers (very scratchy).  You can find some very long
lists of plants rated for deer resistance and links to pages
about landscaping with resistant plants from:

        http://www.borg.com/~dennis/deer.html

Dennis Mathiasen

 
 
 

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Post by William A. Weile » Wed, 25 Mar 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> Actually, they didn't eat my RED daylilies, but loved the peach colored
> ones.


> >So far, it seems that deer do not
> >eat daylilies or creeping shrubs such as blue rug juniper;

Yesterday, the deer decimated my neighbor's patch of hen-and-chicks.
They eat daylilies (all colors), red pine, white pine, fir, currant,
elderberry, roses, bittersweet, azalea  and rhododendron buds, rhubarb!,
weigalia, euonomus, buds and bark from most fruit trees.  The only thing
that they haven't touched are our croccus, daffodils, and, oddly enough,
our asparagus, at least so far.  My experience has been that deer don't
actively go and eat a particular plant--they sort of browse as they go.
The world is their smorgasbord!

Bill in Tony, WI