Landscape Plants Rated By Deer Resistance
Want to tip the odds of avoiding deer damage in your favor? New Jersey horticulture professionals have compiled a list of landscape plants rated according to their resistance to deer damage. Granted, no plant has been designated as completely deerproof. Some are more favored for browsing than others, though. Nursery and landscape professionals, Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) Cooperative Extension personnel, and Master Gardeners in Northern New Jersey developed this list at Deer Resistance. Plants in the Rarely Damaged and Seldom Severely Damaged categories would be best for landscapes prone to deer damage. Plants in the Occasionally Severely Damaged and Frequently Severely Damaged categories are often preferred by deer and should only be planted with additional protection such as fencing or repellents.
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