North-Jersey Deer Resistant Plants For Landscaping Your Front or Backyard

LOTS OF DEER

Here in New Jersey the white-tailed deer population has grown from almost none 100 years ago, to now over 125,000!! Us humans have created an ideal environment for them to thrive here in Jersey! If you live here you know that they will eat just about everything you try to decorate your yards with. A big reason for this is the deers changing appetite throughout the year. Their stomachs are able to digest different foods at different times of the year, which means they will eat one of your plants during spring, and once summer rolls around they've eaten all of your plants outside! The deer have a vast appetite and are not shy about trying new things either which makes all plants not 100% deer-resistant. However, there are plants that they shy away from. 
A good way to spot if it is deer that are eating your plants is to look for a defined line, about 4-5 ft off the ground. This is made because the deer cannot reach higher, so there will be a defined space of where they were grubbing. Ragged edges of leaves and stems, as well as elongated (rabbit-like) pellets on the  ground are two good signs that you have a deer family checking into your backyard. 
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BYE BYE DEER

If this is the case, then here are some tips on how to get them away from your yard! One thing you can do is spray deer repellant. The drawback to this is that they are not very environmentally friendly and they STINK, but thats the whole point of them, to drive away deer with their STINK. Examples of these are Liquid Fence spray, Repels-all spray, Tomcat spray and Bobbex spray. You should be able to get most of these at your local home depot or garden center. If you don't want to use man-made chemicals in your yard, you can go with another option of making your own, natural repellant. The only drawback to this is that the rain takes this off the grass easier than most sprays, so you will have to apply this more frequently. You'll need a garden sprayer/big spray bottle, a gallon of warm water, 3 eggs, 3 tablespoons of milk or yogurt, 3 crushed garlic cloves, 3 tablespoons of cayenne pepper, a blender and a strainer. Mix all the ingredients with 2 - 3 cups of water in a blender and puree it. Once pureed, strain into a gallon jug, add the rest of the water, seal it and let it sit for 24 hours at room temperature. Just a heads up - it will be pretty stinky so I would put it somewhere like a garage or mud room (at room temp), away from where you usually hang out in your home. After the 24 hours passes you are ready to spray your yard down!
A second possibility is to put up fencing, but deer and very agile and will most likely jump over most fences, up to 9 ft tall! The best fence for a bad deer problem is an electric fence, but I would only recommend that if everything else doesn't work. Other things you can use are motion sensor deterrents which you can find online, or if you are of the male gender, peeing outside, "marking your territory", is a good way to deter them. 
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Finally, here are some landscaping plants that are (most likely) deer resistant:
 
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Grande Plants specializes in delivering BIG houseplants, shrubs, bushes and perennials to the following towns of North Jersey: Jersey City, Hoboken, Bloomfield, Montclair, Maplewood, South Orange, Morristown, East Brunswick, North Brunswick Township, Fort Lee, Little Fall, and Nutley. We deliver the day after you place the order and you can hand-pick the exact plant you want from our streamlined website. 

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