Minimizing Deer Damage in NC Landscapes
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:
- Minimizing Deer Damage, Guilford Gardening Gala
Deer Resistant Plants
- Deer resistant plants fact sheet
- Search the NCSU Going Native plant database for deer resistant native plants
- Search NC State Extension’s Plant Database for plants recommended for NC landscapes
Constructing Deer Fencing
- Deer problems in residential areas, NC Wildlife Resources Commission fact sheet – includes detailed fencing diagrams
- Controlling deer damage – includes fencing diagrams, from Missouri Extension
- Wildlife damage management – Deer, includes fencing diagrams
- How to build a plastic mesh deer exclusion fence – Purdue Extension
- Overview and cost analysis of deer repellents, Alabama Extension
- Using deer repellents, Maryland Extension
Learn More About Reducing Deer Damage:
- White-tailed deer – Wildlife Chapter, Extension Gardener Handbook
- Deer problems in the landscape, NCSU fact sheet
- Gardening in deer country, Village of Pinehurst
- Wildlife Profile – Deer, from NC Wildlife Resource Commission
- White-Tailed Deer Overview, NC Wildlife Resources Commission
Use Extension Search to find research based information from Cooperative Extension systems across the U.S.
Visit your local Cooperative Extension center to learn more about gardening and landscape care. Find your county Extension center or post your questions to be answered online via Extension’s ‘Ask an Expert’ widget.