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Original Message deer/soap
My neighborhood has a heavy deer population as well. I've been using grated Irish Spring soap to try to deter them from my garden, orange tree and flowerbed. I've been just sprinkling it on the ground for the garden and flowerbed, but sprinkling it on as much of the orange tree as I can (it's only about a 4 ft. tree right now) and on the ground around it. I have seen some minimal evidence of deer, but only after we had about a week of rain and I hadn't gotten back out to re-apply the soap yet. Right after I first started using this method, I actually saw a deer go up to the orange tree, sniff the ground, then walk on without even taking a nibble. I also have noticed that they don't come in the yard nearly as much as they used to. They seem to just go around our yard and cut through the neighbors' yards instead.

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