Have problems with deer feasting in your garden? This time of year, October – December, is breeding season for deer, and they are on the move now more than any other time of the year. Did you know that a deer consumes 3-5% of its body weight every day? Now that’s a voracious appetite! This also explains why they sometimes eat plants from which they would normally turn away.
According to the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries, homeowners can reduce plant damage from deer by using fencing, chemical repellents, guard dogs, less preferred plant species, and by removing food sources that attract deer, e.g. spilt bird or pet food, fruit, corn, grain, garden or table scraps)
Choosing the right plants in the design of your garden can make all the difference in whether you provide deer a feast or just an occasional distasteful nibble.
For more information on deer and links to deer resistant plants, visit http:/www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/deer/