Tips for Landscape Maintenance in Montgomery County: Deer Proofing Your Garden

One of the most beautiful animals you can come across in the wild is a deer. While deer eat only certain types of plants, deer will taste-test almost anything since they are browsers. In fact, homeowners often find these four-inch starters nibbled down to nubs, with the chewed up and rejected remains close by. Investing in larger starter plants is just one way to prevent deer from tearing up the entire plant. When it comes to landscape maintenance in Montgomery County, the following tips from Stenger Landscaping can help deter hungry deer and other threats.

Install Deer Fencing

An easy way to keep deer out of your garden is to install a deer fence. Deer fences are particularly helpful for vegetable gardens, which often fall prey to hungry animals. Today, you can find endless options for garden fencing, so homeowners do not have to settle for unsightly chicken wire to keep animals out. Here at Stenger Landscaping, we work with homeowners to design the ideal landscape for their homes, including seamless integration of deer fencing into the overall feel of the garden. 

Mindful Planting of Deer Resistant Plants 

In the event deer fencing or other physical installations are not in the overall design plan, planting deer resistant plants can go a long way towards keeping animals at bay. Consider the following suggestions to keep deer from complicating your
landscape maintenance in Montgomery County.

Choose plants with scents that deer do not like such as:

  • Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • Scented Geraniums
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Onion-related plants
  • Most Salvias 

Other types of plants that deer avoid include:

  • Furry leaves (example: Jerusalem Sage)
  • Plants with thorns – (example: Bougainvillea)
  • Poisonous bulbs – (example: Daffodils)
  • Ferns
  • Calla Lilies
  • Irises
  • Grass or grass like plants –Use care with corn or sunflowers as raccoons love these tasty morsels and will wait until peak ripeness to pilfer.

With careful planning and an eye for style, a deer resistant garden can add depth and beauty to any home without adding extra landscape maintenance in Montgomery County. Including a mix of the above options can create a stunning garden full of colorful blooms, delightful scents, and tasty herbs. 

The experts at Stenger Landscaping have over 30 years of experience designing deer proof gardens for their clients. To learn more about how to keep deer and other animals at bay, or to request a consultation for your garden or home, please contact the professionals at Stenger Landscaping!