How To Properly Use Deer Repellent Spray

The picturesque image of a deer gracefully moving through a field loses its charm when it heads towards your garden, nibbling on your plants. In such instances, Bambi, the once beautiful creature, becomes a troublesome pest you would rather keep away. This issue is becoming more common as deer populations increase and people build homes in areas that were once the natural habitat for these animals. The growing presence of deer in residential areas is causing a clash between these charming creatures and the desire to maintain a healthy and beautiful landscape.


To keep them out of your garden, read this article on how to use Deer Repellent Spray properly.


How Does Deer Repellent Spray Work?

Deer & Rabbit Mace, often referred to as deer spray, stands as a concentrated formula designed to shield your plants from the persistent nibbling of deer. To unleash its protective power, the concentrated formula is mixed with water and loaded into a sprayer, ready to be applied generously onto plant foliage.


The power behind deer repellent comes from a mix of everyday ingredients – mint, garlic, spicy peppers, and a touch of egg. This combination creates a formidable barrier by offering a dual-layered defense. Firstly, the released scent is a deterrent, signaling to deer that your garden is not an inviting grazing ground. Think of it as a polite but firm request for them to explore elsewhere. Secondly, the taste of the repellent discourages prolonged feeding, forming a protective shield around your plants. 


Consider planting deer-resistant plants in your Pittsburgh landscape for an extra layer of protection. Sumac, weigelas, plumbago, Ostrich Fern, and Pink Japanese Anemone are excellent choices. These plants are less tempting to deer, providing added defense against their curious munching.


How To Use Deer Repellent

Deer running through feild

Step 1: Timing Is Key

To ensure its effectiveness, apply deer repellent spray before the deer establishes a feeding pattern in your area. The repellent works best when used preventatively, so treat your garden before deer become regular visitors. This proactive approach helps create a barrier that discourages deer from developing a habit of feeding on your plants.


Step 2: Consistency Is Crucial

Consistency is key when using deer repellent spray. Apply the repellent regularly and without interruption for the best results. Establish a schedule that aligns with the frequency of deer visits in your area. By consistently applying the repellent, you reinforce the protective barrier, making it less likely for deer to venture into your garden.


Step 3: Follow Mixing Instructions

Always adhere to the label instructions for mixing when using a concentrated deer-repellent spray. Ensure that you have the correct ratio of repellent to water for optimal results. For example, if using Nature’s Mace Deer and Rabbit Mace, mix 8 ounces of repellent with 1 gallon of water. Shake the mixture well before using your deer-repellent spray to ensure an even distribution of the formula.


Step 4: Application

Apply the deer repellent spray generously to susceptible ornamental shrubs, evergreens, and perennials. Target a height of approximately 6 feet to protect vulnerable plants from deer browsing. Spray the repellent on leaves, stems, branches, and the surrounding area to create a comprehensive barrier. Ensure thorough coverage from all angles until runoff or leaves appear wet, ensuring maximum effectiveness in deterring deer.


Step 5: Drying Period

After applying deer repellent spray, allow a drying period of at least 20 minutes before watering any treated material. This waiting period ensures the repellent adheres to the plant surfaces, creating a long-lasting barrier. The drying period also minimizes the risk of the repellent being washed away, especially during rainy weather, ensuring continued protection for your garden.

Deer smelling tree branch

End Note

To conclude, deer repellent spray can effectively protect your garden and landscape from deer havoc. By using it preventatively, consistently, according to label instructions, and with thorough coverage, you can establish a robust barrier around plants. This measure deters curious deer from making your garden their next grazing ground. With some strategic planning, you can gracefully coexist with these beautiful creatures without compromising the health of your garden. 


If deer persists as a problem, don’t hesitate to contact our team at Eichenlaub. Together, we can build and maintain a deer-resistant landscape. Our integrated approach considers the harmony of nature while prioritizing the health of your garden and peace of mind.