How can I prevent deer from eating my plants?

Asked February 14, 2015, 7:27 PM EST

I have a question to help my mother-in-law. She lives right outside San Antonio and has a terrible problem with deer. She would love to have a nice plant/flower garden but every time that she plants any type of flowers or plants, the deer eat them up. She does not want to hurt the deer, but she does want to enjoy a garden. Do you have any suggestions?

Harris County Texas

1 Response


Building a high fence is really the best answer.

Possibly a dog?

Using repellents such as liquid fence?

Here is a link to our most updated deer resistant list.

Remember, that this is just a guideline list. It takes time for plant establishment.

If the deer are curious and hungry, that's another story?

Good luck!

David Rodriguez -Extension Horticulturist
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Bexar County