Deer Resistant plants for plant gardens in southeast michigan

Asked June 12, 2019, 6:58 PM EDT

I have a couple of acres in the midst of a 2 acre wooded lot outside Ann Arbor Michigan. Have tried a couple of landscape people who have taken my $$ over the years and success with the plantings have been very hit or miss. Low grow sumac did well on a hillside for 20 years but after trimming died back in one area. Keep having trees planted/very expensive and they keep dying. Help!

Washtenaw County Michigan deer resistant plants

1 Response

Are the trees dying from deer damage? Plants needs can vary greatly for soil type, soil moisture and sunlight. Matching it for deer resistance is fine but if the plant does not match the site conditions it will not do well. Also the tendency is to buy large plants. Research shows smaller plants will do better at adapting to a site and over the same time can outgrow larger plants that have trouble adapting to the site. See the following site for lists of plants that are less susceptible to deer damage. https://www.canr.msu.edu/ipm/uploads/files/deer_resistant_plants.pdf
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