PLANTS generally REPELLENT

TO RABBITS AND DEER

 

STARNOTE 550

June 2009

Keeping your landscape free from animals

 

As towns and cities expand into previously undeveloped areas, wildlife habitats are invaded, bringing people into more contact with local wildlife, especially rabbits.  People building in outlying areas of Southern Utah and Nevada also have considerable trouble with deer.  Planting new yards in these areas is like ringing the dinner bell!  There are many things we can do to discourage our furry friends without causing any harm.  Following are some handy tips to keep rabbits and deer at bay and a list of plants, not all inclusive, less likely to attract them.

 

RABBIT REPELLENT TIPS

RABBIT REPELLENT PLANTS

 

DEER REPELLENT TIPS

DEER REPELLENT PLANTS

DEER REPELLENT/RESISTANT ANNUALS/BIENNIALS

DEER REPELLENT/RESISTANT PERENNIALS

DEER REPELLENT/RESISTANT BULBS, TUBERS OR RHIZOMES

DEER REPELLENT/RESISTANT VEGETABLES AND HERBS

DEER REPELLENT/RESISTANT GRASSES AND VINES

DEER REPELLENT/RESISTANT SHRUBS

DEER REPELLENT/RESISTANT TREES

 

 

RABBIT REPELLENT TIPS:

 

There are a number of products on the market (Star Nursery carries several) that you can spray on your plants and diminish their desirability to rabbits. Sometimes these work and sometimes not. Here is a listing of some home remedies that you can try:

Spray diluted fish emulsion around plants.

Use mothballs (if no children are present) or talcum powder.

Use powdered Aloe.

Sprinkle wood ashes on the ground.

Scatter blood meal (not effective at low temperatures).

Scatter highly scented soap around the garden area or hang in mesh bags.

Wrap base of young trees in winter to stop rabbits from chewing off bark.

Cats and dogs give effective rabbit control.

Remove any overgrown brush, weeds or woodpiles close to your garden.

Use mesh fencing around vulnerable shrubs and small gardens.

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RABBIT REPELLENT PLANTSThere aren’t many plants immune to rabbit nibbling!  If your pesky rabbits are hungry enough, they’ll eat just about anything!  Plant the largest specimens you can afford, i.e., 5 gallons are much better than 1 gallons.   Here are a few that you can plant with little worry.

 

Dusty Miller                                         Nasturtium

Garlic (ornamental & herb varieties)              Onion and flowering onions (Allium)    

Mint                                                   Lantana varieties

Garden Penstemon varieties                         Autumn Sage (Salvia species)

Artemisia

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DEER REPELLENT TIPS:

 

Deer stay away from highly aromatic plants.

Scatter red or black pepper on the ground.

Mix hot sauce with water and spread around the planting area.

Place human or animal hair clippings around the yard.

Use mothballs (if no children are present).

Scatter blood meal (not effective in low temperatures.

Use highly scented soap in plastic mesh bags.  Hang about 2 1/2 feet off the ground.

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DEER REPELLENT PLANTS

 

DEER REPELLENT/RESISTANT ANNUALS/BIENNIALS:

Ageratum (Floss Flower)

Impatiens

Gopher Purge 

Zinnia

Iceland Poppy

 

 

DEER REPELLENT/RESISTANT PERENNIALS:

Anemone

Dusty Miller

Peony

Artemesia (Mugwort/Wormwood)

Ferns (many varieties)

Plantain Lily (Hosta)

Australian Racer (Myoporum)

Four O’Clock

Potentilla (deciduous varieties)

Black-eyed Susan

Green Bush Daisy

Red-Hot Poker

Blanket Flower

Lamb’s Ear

Salvia species (Sage)

Calendula

Lantana varieties

Shasta Daisy

California Poppy

Lavender varieties

Trailing African Daisy

Coreopsis

Marguerite Daisy

Yarrow varieties

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DEER REPELLENT/RESISTANT BULBS, TUBERS OR RHIZOMES:

Begonia (tuberous varieties)

Freesia

Narcissis

Chives

Iris & cultivars

Tulip

Daylily varieties

Lily-of-the-Nile

 

 

DEER REPELLENT/RESISTANT VEGETABLES AND HERBS:

Artichoke

Fragrant herbs like:

rosemary

Rhubarb

chives

sage

Squash plants

(deer may eat the blossoms)

lavender

thyme

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DEER REPELLENT/RESISTANT GRASSES AND VINES:

Cape Honeysuckle

Lily Turf varieties

Pampas Grass

Carolina Jessamine (Jasmine)

Mondo Grass

Star Jasmine

English Ivy

Most ornamental grasses

 

 

DEER REPELLENT/RESISTANT SHRUBS:

Bamboo varieties

Coyote Brush

Myrtle

Barberry varieties

Germander varieties

Oleander

Bear’s Breech

Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina)

Rockrose

Bottlebrush

Holly varieties

Rosemary varieties

Boxwood varieties

Hopseed

Santolina

Cactus

Juniper varieties

Yew Pine

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DEER REPELLENT/RESISTANT TREES:

Acacia varieties

Pine varieties

Spruce varieties

American Sweet Gum

Silk Tree (Mimosa)

Strawberry Tree

Ash varieties

Smoke Tree

Sumac varieties

Mediterranean Fan Palm

 

 

 

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