Minimising Deer damage to garden plants

Asked May 3, 2018, 2:25 PM EDT

My area is full of deer and other beautiful critters, we love watching them.
I have had great luck over the years with Malorganite. A dusting in Spring and late Fall discourages all but the most stubborn visitors to my plants. The fertilizer has a strong odor that keeps me away too until it settles in. Any thoughts on using Malorganite for vector control in the garden?

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

Milorganite is a fertilizer and there is anecdotal evidence that suggests it repels some wildlife when used as a top dressing. However, some animals can be attracted to the odor. What specific types of vectors are you trying to control?

Our publication on Dealing with Nuisance Wildlife provides tips on managing some of the common animals people encounter in gardens and landscapes.