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How to keep deer out of your garden
Plant a fragrant fence. Instead of spraying chemicals, consider surrounding flower or vegetable gardens with a thick buffer of plants with strong aromas, such as lavender, marigold, mint, oregano, or catnip. Deer are reluctant to walk through them because the scents cling to their legs and interfere with their ability to find food and detect predators.
Sprinkle some soap. Scattered soap shavings can also deter deer, both because of the tallow and the scent. The shavings, which also keep away aphids, can last a month unless it rains often. Avoid bars made with coconut oil, though, because those can actually attract deer.
Scare them away. Deer are skittish, and unexpected sights and sounds spook them. Consider stringing up some aluminum cans, pie tins, or CDs. Another effective method: Hang a small white rag, which resembles a fleeing deer’s tail. Source: Good Housekeeping
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