UT: Keeping deer away from your garden

DWR provides tips to keep deer from eating your
plants

If you recently moved near a foothill in Utah, don’t be
surprised if some of the plants in your garden disappear this
spring.

Deer near the road

Gardens, yards and areas right next to roads are “deer magnets”
in the spring.

“Green grasses and other succulent vegetation typically start to
appear at lower elevations and along roadways this time of year,”
says Scott Root, a regional conservation outreach manager with the
Division of Wildlife Resources.

“These areas draw deer like a magnet.”

Gardens and yards

Root says deer quickly learn that residential areas provide a
delightful salad of tulips, lilies and other types of flowers,
plants and trees. Fortunately, you can do several things to prevent
deer from damaging your flowers and plants:

* Building a permanent fence around your garden or yard is the
best way to prevent deer from getting to your plants.

* If building a permanent fence doesn’t seem visually appealing or
practical, consider placing a temporary fence around your garden or
yard. Placing wire cages around the plants you want to protect can
also help.

* The best solution of all is to plant plants that don’t attract
deer.

Root says the Internet provides numerous resources to teach you
how to fence your plants and flowers correctly. Other sources on
the Web teach you how to plant plants that deer don’t like to eat.
Two of those publications-“Minimizing Browsing Damage by Deer” and
“Creating Landscapes for Wildlife A Guide for Backyards in
Utah”-are available for free at the DWR’s website.

You can download the free publications at go.usa.gov/4R8 and
go.usa.gov/4Rk.

Highways

The side of Utah’s highways is another area that often draws
deer in the spring. Deer are drawn to these areas because they’re
some of the first areas where green vegetation appears in the
spring.

Deer and other big game animals aren’t afraid to approach the
edge of the road for a quick meal, especially at night.

“Even though many of our highways have big game fencing and at
times, wildlife underpasses and other crossing structures,” Root
says, “we all need to be aware of our surroundings when we
drive.

“This is simply a good time to remember that deer and other
wildlife are often near roads in the spring,” he says. “You need to
use extra caution while you’re driving, especially at night.”

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