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Safeguarding Your Flower Beds from Bunnies and Deer Cumming , GA
brown female roe deer standing in white snow in front of a green bush covered with snow

Gardening enthusiasts like those at Everlast Lawn and Landscaping understand the challenges of protecting flower beds from common wildlife intruders like bunnies and deer. Let’s explore some effective methods to keep these creatures at bay, ensuring your garden remains vibrant and unspoiled.

Understanding Wildlife Habits

Firstly, it’s essential to understand the habits of these animals. Deer are known to frequent the same areas year after year, and their growing numbers can pose a significant challenge to gardeners. Rabbits, too, are attracted to gardens, particularly in winter and early spring when food is scarce.

Effective Barrier Solutions

At Everlast Lawns & Landscaping, we recommend the following strategies to protect your landscape from deer, bunnies and other wildlife trespassers:

  1. Fencing: The most reliable way to prevent deer and rabbit damage is through fencing. For deer, a perimeter fence should be at least 8-10 feet tall, as they can jump high. For rabbits, a fine-mesh chicken wire or poultry fencing buried at least a few inches into the ground can deter them from burrowing under and into your garden.
  2. Innovative Methods: A novel approach for deer involves using 30lb fishing line tied at two different levels around the garden. This method creates an unseen barrier that startles deer without harming them. Adding bells or aluminum pie pans can further enhance this deterrent.
  3. Natural Repellents: Hot pepper spray, Irish Spring soap, and even human hair can be used as natural repellents for rabbits. These materials, owing to their smell or taste, can effectively deter rabbits from munching on your plants. However, they may need to be reapplied frequently, especially after rain.
  4. Commercial Repellents: Products like Liquid Fence, Deer Off, and Milorganite are commercially available repellents that have proven effective. They contain ingredients unpalatable to wildlife and can be a great addition to your garden protection strategies.
  5. Garden Planning: Choosing plants that are less attractive to deer can also be an effective strategy. Consulting with local extension services for a list of deer-resistant plants can be a helpful step in designing a garden that’s less likely to attract these animals.

Other Considerations

  • Clearing Shelters: Removing potential shelters like tall grass or brush piles can reduce the likelihood of small mammals making your garden their home.
  • Motion-activated Sprinklers: These can be an effective, humane way to scare off intruders without causing harm.
  • Alternative Deterrents: Strategies like hanging tin pie pans or playing a battery-operated radio overnight have been suggested, but these may offer only temporary relief as animals can get used to these over time.

In conclusion, protecting your flower beds from bunnies and deer requires a combination of strategies. From physical barriers to natural and commercial repellents, each method has its merits. Understanding the behavior of these animals and regularly updating your deterrent methods is key to keeping your garden safe and flourishing.

For garden enthusiasts at Everlast Lawn and Landscaping in Alpharetta and beyond, implementing these strategies can lead to a thriving, undisturbed garden all season long​

Posted on behalf of Everlast Lawns and Landscapes, L.L.C.

4315 Summerwood Drive
Cumming , GA 30041

Phone: (770) 480-2695


Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday, Sunday: Closed

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Everlast Lawns and Landscapes, L.L.C.

4.8 / 5.0

Based on 98 reviews

Eliza Barnhill

So far so good! Found Everlast through Next Door and signed up for monthly service. After meeting with Chris we learned about their other services and got new landscape lights installed and some cleanup work in the front and backyard. Happy to say the lights look amazing, and the initial cleanup was so promising that we’re on our second round of projects with them in just a couple weeks. Great personalized service and they’ve addressed any issues and requests that have popped up along the way. Excited to see the final product once it’s all finished.

Amanda Miller

Chris and team did an awesome job on our landscaping project. They had great ideas, were easy to work with and took time to listen to what we wanted to accomplish. The staff was always prompt, took care of our property and were very professional. I would highly recommend them, as the finished project looks great and their prices are very reasonable.

Ebba Hansen

Starting using them last spring for weekly mowing and trim. I’ve been very happy with the job they’ve done. Competitively priced. Just hired to overseed the backyard. They scheduled and completed the job quickly. Very professional.

Rich Markham

Chris was on time for the initial estimate. Gave us a fair price. Guys did the job on schedule. Had a little issue, but Chris got the team out to resolve quickly. Highly recommend this company.

Andrea Carver

I loved working with Everlast Lawns & Landscaping. I had an eyesore of a retaining wall that I hated. Working with Chris to redesign it with Allen blocks made such a difference. I appreciate his expertise and patience answering all my questions promptly and completely. Great job.

Deborah Woodworth

We highly recommend Everlast Lawn and Landscapes. We are new to the area, we saw their truck at a neighbors home and called them. Friendly, professional and prompt. They did a fantastic job on the clean up of our backyard and we are happy with the weekly lawn maintenance. But just as importantly we really appreciate their timely responses to any inquiry we may have had.

Everlast Lawns and Landscapes, L.L.C.

4315 Summerwood Drive
Cumming , GA 30041

(770) 480-2695

Opening Times

Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday, Sunday: Closed