Gardening with Deer & Fencing
In addition to making gardening a less than rewarding experience, deer are major contributors to the decline of local species of butterflies, birds and other wildlife due to over browsing. We strongly advocate invisible fencing that is designed specifically to keep deer out of your landscape. Even a small fenced garden area can sustain enough of the plants that are disappearing from deer habitat to help support the wildlife that depend on them. When gardeners plant only deer resistant plants, we end up with monocultures of a handful of species, many of which are exotic or invasive and do not support wildlife. While deer-repellent sprays work when applied, we find that within a few years gardeners end up spending as much on sprays and replacement plants (when they forget to apply the repellent) as they would have spent on a good fence. We have included some images of deer resistant gardens, and some examples of fencing for smaller areas, but even these gardens are now fenced and we will be updating this page to show how much more spectacular these gardens are now that the deer have been excluded.