All gardeners in the history of gardening know the challenge of deer control. I can still hear my mom whipping open the sliding door and clapping her hands to scare them away from our tomatoes. There’s no denying it, deer find your raised beds full of vegetables just as tasty as you do—and your roses, geraniums, and daises happen to be the perfect dessert.
But instead of spraying harsh chemicals on your garden (which you might end up ingesting yourself), try one of these 5 humane ways to gently discourage deer, and maybe even bunnies and mosquitos, too. Keep in mind, though, these critters learn quickly, so try rotating a few different methods for best results.
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