Have You Used Manure to Deter Deer?

By Staff

Does horse manure keep the deer away from your garden? Read the following testimonials and post a comment (below) on your own experiences.

Horses, Donkeys and, wait, No Deer — Oh My!

I read the report about horse manure being a natural deer repellent (Dear Mother: June/July 2008). Since reading that, I realized that donkey poop works too! We supplement our soil with donkey manure, and I realized that we haven’t had a deer problem since we began doing so. We enjoy Mother and read it cover to cover several times over, especially the gardening tips.

Mike Shackelford
Fairmont, West Virginia

Daring Deer

A few years ago, I got some horse manure from my dad to amend the soil. I had the most beautiful stand of heirloom brandywine tomatoes — until deer ate them to the ground. In my experience, nothing short of a Jurassic Park-style fence will deter deer. They eat anything and are afraid of nothing. Dogs, garlic, screaming, yelling, hot pepper, an electric fence, etc., do not work.

Karowin Cassell
Glade Valley, North Carolina