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My two favorite homemade deer repellents

Written by Doug Oster on .

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This week's Digging with Doug is all about keeping your plants safe from deer. I use lots of commercial repellents, but have found two homemade versions which actually work.

Last year, after a speaking engagement at Sherwood Oaks in Cranberry a gentleman stopped to give me a tip.

His son breeds daylilies and has had a terrible time with the deer.

Deer love daylilies almost as much as tulips and hosta.

He's been using four ounce bottles of Grannick's Bitter Apple for Dogs mixed with two tablespoons of Wilt Pruf sprayed on plants with amazing results.

The Bitter Apple is available at pet stores and is used to keep puppies from chewing things. The Wilt Pruf can be found at local nurseries adding it to the Bitter Apple gets it to stick to the plants.

The Bitter Apple can be bought in bigger containers to cover more area too and the combination is much cheaper than commercial repellents.

They use the formula on their daylily farm and at Sherwood Oaks and it's effective at keeping the deer off the plants.

Mary Dutkovic's of the Pittsburgh Rose Society has a great recipe to deter deer.

2 large HEADS of garlic halved 2 large strong onions halved Simmer in 4 quarts of water for 4 hours (outside if possible). Let cool and strain. Add one half can of hot Hungarian paprika 1 teaspoon of dish soap. Spray on plants three times a year or when needed April, June and July.
 
ALWAYS TEST SOME SPRAY ON ONE LEAF TO SEE THE EFFECT ON THE PLANT

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