You’re not alone. Munching on daylily flowers, hosta leaves, phlox, sedum, new growth on hydrangea, weigela, viburnum, witch hazel and more has been reported as we make our rounds. The deer seem to seek moisture and tender new tips of plants at this hot time of year.

Deer browse on hosta

Cut back damaged stems and leaves on perennials immediately so that new growth can emerge. Be more careful with woody plants – let us deal with deer damage on a case-by-case basis. Radical steps may not be needed.

Damaged hosta

We’re helping to keep one step ahead of the deer by placing garlic clips on woody branches or bamboo stakes near vulnerable perennials. These handy items release a strong odor of garlic that the deer don’t like. We can also spray your plants with deer and rabbit repellent that is organically approved. This may need to be repeated after heavy rains.

Please let us know if we can help with critter control in your garden by contacting Kim <kimberly@pumpkinbrookorganicgardening.com>

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