When planning your landscape design, it’s important to keep in mind the natural patterns of deer behavior. Deer are creatures of habit and tend to follow the same paths and routes when foraging for food. By designing your landscape with this in mind, you can create a natural barrier that will deter deer from entering your garden.
For example, planting a dense hedge or using tall plants to block deer trails can create a natural barrier that discourages deer from entering your garden. Deer also struggle to keep their balance on uneven surfaces, so using an uneven rock border or fill for your landscaped area can deter them from choosing that location to snack.
If you do intend to use any plants that deer tend to love, it is best to plant these closer to your home. Deer do not like to be bothered by humans, so if tasty plants are located near an area of your home that you frequently enter and exit, they are less likely to stop by for a snack.