Last year I ran into a man at a speaking engagement who needed to talk to me. He had discovered an amazing, homemade deer repellent used at a daylily farm he was acquainted with. I posted the recipe on my blog and many people thanked me as they were able to enjoy tulips, hostas and other plants the deer love.
The Bitter Apple is used to stop puppies from chewing on things, the Wilt-Pruf is sprayed on trees before winter to keep them healthy during the cold season.
Here's Stephanie's story-
"My daylilies are probably my favorite flower and I was heartbroken last summer when deer ate all of my flowers.
I live in Brighton Heights and my boyfriend didn't believe it was deer doing the damage. I told him there was no way a raccoon could eat a whole patch of daylilies four feet above the ground.
I've seen deer on my street, at the end of my street and crossing Brighton Road. Anyway, when I had a "chomping" while the plants were still growing early this summer, I knew I had to take action.
I was scouring the internet looking for motion-sensor alarms and fences, then discovered your remedy of Bitter Apple and Wilt-Pruf. My daylilies weren't touched all summer! The spray didn't seem to affect the blooms at all. I resprayed a few times after hard rain has fallen. I could not be happier to have a full season of un-chomped daylilies!"
The Bitter Apple is available at pet supply stores, Stephanie ordered the product online. The Wilt-Pruf can be purchased at any good nursery.
Here's the recipe-
Mix four parts Bitter Apple for dogs with one part Wilt-Pruf and spray it all over the plants.
I hope the mixture will finally let the garden be enjoyed by hard working gardeners and not the deer.