For those of us not fortunate to live in a mysterious land where deer haven’t found a way to penetrate; discussion on the damage those beasts inflict is on-going. I use “mysterious” because we continue to be surprised by new locations, neighborhoods, suburban and urban environments these hooved pests infest. If we are to keep one step ahead of this herbivore harm, it seems wise to communicate what we have learned looking back at this past year of 2020.
Unlikely Plants Targeted
Most of the current, updated sources for information regarding plant susceptibility to deer feeding have wisely moved away from use of the word “resistant” to describe a plant’s vulnerability. When you see such a claim from a nursery, plant source, or organization, declaring a plant resistant may be putting their reputation on the line. A wiser trend now is to list the plant species likeliness of being eaten by deer in the range of preference, such as low to high. Based on experiences this past season, I have identified a few plants that have moved up on that scale of deer ingestion preference. Keep in mind, this is not a recommendation to avoid the use of these plants, these are wonderful plants that have much to bring to the landscape. Consider this as a caution that these plants could require protection when deer pressure gets significant.