Posted by Brent Wilson on 8/18/2017 to FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Deer browsing on plants is a persistent and frustrating problem for gardeners and landscapers all over the Untied States. Increased deer populations, rural shift and many other environmental factors have forced deer to wander into our landscapes and gardens and feed on the plants they find.
If you live in an area with high rates of deer the first thing to know is that they'll browse and eat just about any plant if hungry enough. The average adult deer eats about 5 pounds of greenery each day. During summer drought and winter, when there is less to forage on in their natural habit, deer will come to our yards in search of fresh greenery.
Though deer will eat almost any type of plant when hungry enough, there are some plants that are more desirable than others, and a few they won't touch at all. For example, the deer in my Georgia gardens have never eaten Lantana plants. That said, deer in different areas of the country might like or have acquired a taste for different types of plants. Too, their tastes can change depending on the amount of pressure on the local populations. Back during a two-year drought we had in Georgia during the early 2000's, deer went to eating Leyland cypress trees. Had never seen that before and haven't seen it happen since.
When browsing plants on our website you'll find whether or not a plant is deer resistant under the DESCRIPTION tab under Plant Details. We base the deer resistant qualities of the plants we offer on our experience with plants in our own Georgia gardens over the past few decades, where deer have easy-access to two extensive gardens on our properties. As mentioned, deer in different areas of the country might like or have acquired a taste for different types of plants or their tastes can change depending on the amount of pressure on the local populations.
Hope this information was helpful.
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