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.
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.