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How Deer Repellent Keeps Your Property Safe

December 29, 2021

We all love reindeer, but when local deer begin destroying property, some sort of deer repellent action may need to be taken. The deer population in Pennsylvania is estimated to be around 1.5 million, so much that you have probably seen deer around your neighborhood, especially if you live in a rural or suburban area. And as much as we enjoy seeing deer in nature, the damage to your lawn and property by those same deer can be costly. Burkholder PHC will outline a few ways deer can damage your yard and how particular repellent methods can help.

How Do Deer Destroy Lawns?

Deer damage lawns in two primary ways: feeding and antler-rub. These methods damage properties in different ways and may require other solutions to resolve.

Deer Feeding

One of the more common ways deer can damage properties, and why homeowners should utilize deer repellent, is feeding. Deer can and will eat various plants and trees in one’s yard: grass, flowers, fruits, vegetables, leaves; deer will even eat twigs and bark. While deer eating your plants is an obvious problem, a byproduct of their feeding is another type of damage called “browsing.” Browsing is the damage that deer causes by tearing, stomping, and compacting soil when they are scavenging for food.


During winter, male deer rub their antlers on trees to scrape off the velvet-like cover on their antlers to make way for a new cover in spring. The result of antler-rub is vertical scrapes and shredded bark on trees. This damage exposes the cambium, the layer that resides between the inner and outer bark. Cambium helps nutrients move throughout trees, and having this layer exposed to weather, pests, and diseases can harm your trees.

Deer in a Yard | Deer repellent | Burkholder Plant Health Care
Fawn eating grass in field | deer repellent | Burkholder Plant Health Care

How Deer Repellent Programs Can Help

To make sure that your property is safe from feeding, browsing, and antler-rub damage, some level of deer repellent may be necessary. Below are some methods we can use to prevent deer from intruding on and damaging your property.

  • To protect plants from deer feeding, agents that change the taste/texture profile of the plants can condition them to stop eating and avoid your plants entirely.
  • For browsing, physical barriers can prevent deer from entering certain areas of a property, like a flower bed or the boundaries of the property itself.
  • Metal or plastic trunk sleeves or wraps around trees can help stop antler-rub, especially young or newly planted trees, along with special soaps and odor deterrents to push deer to other, unprotected trees.

Each of these measures also changes depending on the season. For example, the tactics for fall and winter deer repellent may differ from spring and summer, when controlling deer behavior can be more manageable.

Burkholder PHC has a specialty program to help property owners protect their landscapes. Our program will be running from now until February 2022. If you are interested in our program, reach out to us today.

Contact Burkholder for Deer Repellent Services

If you need deer repellent and want to keep your property safe from deer, contact Burkholder PHC. We have years of experience helping homeowners protect their yards from various pests, including deer, insects, and many plant diseases. Our plant health care team is highly qualified and knowledgeable about all aspects of plant health care issues and solutions. We will work with you, inspecting your property to determine the best course of action to keep your plants healthy and beautiful. Contact us today for more information about our services and how we can help you.