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Lawn Care Tips - How to Keep Thumper & Bambi From Eating Your Landscape

Posted by Kathy Wilder on Mon, Feb 13, 2012 @ 10:14 AM

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Birds and butterflies in your yard are lovely additions, but deer and rabbits are a pain in the grass!  You plant something, they eat it.  I’ve planted flowers before and found nothing but little nubs the very next morning.  Frustrating!  But, it’s a regrettable part of lawn care if you live in areas with wildlife.  What can you do?

 

Plant deer and rabbit-resistant plants.


Critters will eat almost anything when they’re hungry, but there are some plants that they usually stay away from.  (Usually is the key word here…)          

 

Rabbit-resistant plants:

 

Ajuga

Fritillaria

Primrose

Allium

Garlic

Rhubarb

Astilbe

Hellebore

Rosemary

Basil

Iris

Sage

Bee Balm

Jojoba

Salvia

Bleeding Heart

Lamb’s Ear

Sedum

Blue Giant Hosta

Lantana

Shasta Daisy

Catmint

Lavender

Thyme

Chives

Onion

Tulips

Clematis

Oregano

Verbena

Daffodil

Pampas Grass

Yarrow

Daylily

Parsley

 

Foxglove

Peony

 

 

Deer-resistant plants:

 

Ageratum      

Crocus

Hickory tree

Astilbe

Daffodil

Holly  

Barberry

Dill

Honeysuckle           

Basil  

Dogwood, Red Osier

Lantana

Bayberry

Eastern Red Cedar

Mints 

Beech Tree  

Echinacea    

Morning Glory

Birch Tree

Fennel

Oriental Poppy

Bleeding Heart

Ferns 

Purple smoke tree

Boxwood      

Forsythia      

Pyracantha

Burning bush

French Marigold

Russian Olive

Butterfly bush

Grape Hyacinth

Snapdragon

Catmint         

Hardy Geranium

Sweetgum tree

Columbine

Hibiscus

Zinnia

 

FYI: ANY tender, young plants will be extremely appetizing to all kinds of critters!

The above is a short list of the more common plants.  The following websites have lots more info and plants you’ve never heard of.

 

About.com - Deer-resistant plants for the landscape

Kansas State Extension of Harvey County - Deer Damage in the Garden

Mountain States Wholesale Nursery - Rabbit Resistant (?) Plants

Lewisgardens.com - Deer and Rabbit Resistant Plants

 

50 Beautiful Deer Resistant Plants

If you want to see what some of these plants look like, here’s a great book: 50 Beautiful Deer Resistant Plants by Ruth Rogers Clausen, photography by Alan L. Detrick.   Click here to go to Amazon and look inside this book. It’s gotten great reviews!

 

Put up a fence or net.

 

Personally, I don’t think fencing or netting looks very pretty in your garden.  Of course, if it’s a matter of saving your vegetable harvest, by all means go for it.  Just remember, deer can jump.  High.

 

Spray some stinky stuff.  That is, stinky to your woodland friends.

 

Bonide’s website offers some solutions in granular or spray products.

Imustgarden website offers earth-people-pet-friendly products.

 

If you have other tried-and-true methods, we'd love to hear them!

Deer eating tree

 

Topics: deer problems, rabbit problems