Deer invade Bellingham gardens

Deer in Bellingham

Fawn

Well, “invade” might be a little strong, but there sure are a lot of deer in Bellingham!  In the past couple days, I’ve seen deer on Lakeway, at the Tesoro station on 32nd, and in Fairhaven on 13th.

Today I saw a mama deer with a baby fawn, super cute but also super close to many front yard gardens.  They know what they’re doing, coming into town this time of year.

Have you had deer in your neighborhood?  What do you do to keep them out of your garden?  Here’s some tips…

Some things you can do:

  • put mothballs, hair, garlic or fabric softener around your garden
  • motion lights
  • hidden fishing wire (fairly invisible fence, but startles deer)
  • noisemakers
  • sprinklers.

If all else fails, plant deer-resistant plants.  Some of these include:

  • wood sorrell
  • daffodils
  • hellebore
  • daphne
  • salvia
  • juniper

These things might do the trick, but deer are smart enough to figure some of them out.  Experimentation is necessary.

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