Many people believe that the deer eat tulips and other spring blooming plants because they are hungry. However deer will eat seek your tulip gardens in the early spring because the plant is a good food source and because the stem of tulip provides the deer with hydration. Tulips are rich in calcium and bucks need the calcium for spring antler development. The doe needs the calcium for proper development of her fawn. Tulips may provide the deer with a balanced diet however that does not mean that they are welcome in my yard and garden.
Plan a spring garden that features rows of daffodils that are in the front, side and back of the tulips. The deer will then pick up the scent of the daffodils and will avoid the tulips.
Deer did not approach my gardens that were drenched in the potent pepper formula. The nasty tasting pepper formula works however you must reapply weekly so that it stays potent and you must apply after rain, sprinkler or snow. Moisture weakens the scent and taste. This pepper spray is good when used during a drought or when no rain in in the forecast.
Here is the recipe for an effective deer repellant.
1 cup jalapeno juice
1/4 cup cayenne pepper flakes
1/2 cup chopped garlic
1 quart of water