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Planting for Deer ResistanceNuisance deer that frequent the home garden often browse new plantings or established plants with tender new growth. Some mature plants may be unaffected, but for others the browsing can be fatal.
Deer can threaten young trees, especially, and the damage caused by their browsing or rubbing with their antlers can be permanent.
Some plant species are more palatable to deer than others. Include plants favored by deer in your garden and you can expect frequent dinner guests.
Frequently, ornamental plants used in landscaping are preferred by deer because they are fertilized and irrigated, making them nutrient-rich and moist. They offer the animals protein, energy-rich carbohydrates, minerals, and salts.
Selecting plants that are deer-resistant has long-term benefits, and if done properly, it will help reduce deer damage to landscapes and gardens.
Source: University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Andrew Holsinger
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