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Minimizing Deer Damage in NC Landscapes

Deer grazing on shrubs

Deer can cause serious damage to trees, shrubs and garden plants. CC BY-SA 3.0

The most effective strategies for minimizing deer damage in residential landscapes are the use of repellents, fencing, and plant selection to emphasize varieties plants prefer not to eat.

While no plant that is completely deer proof, there are many plants deer prefer not to eat if other options are available. Review the resources below to learn which plants are least likely to be damaged by deer and other non-lethal techniques you can use to minimize deer damage in your landscape.

Review slides from recent presentations on minimizing deer damage in NC landscapes:

Deer Resistant Plants

Constructing Deer Fencing

Deer Repellents

Learn More About Reducing Deer Damage:

Deer Biology

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