In the recent past, there has been a vast expansion of human settlement encroaching upon the natural habitat of the deer, and they have also adapted to the change. Deer are not grazers, they require large quantities of food, and when they see commercial properties with planned gardens, orchards, ornamental plants and shrubs that become an easy source of food for them. Due to scarcities of food, they frequently invade the commercial properties for some easy meals and can cause severe damage to the exterior landscape of your commercial setting.
Exterior landscape involves investment in trees, plants, and flowers. Nothing could be worse than finding one fine morning that everything has been nipped off from the stems. Deer never bite off anything, they have the habit of uprooting the plants causing those to dry and eventually die. The problem is that commercial landscape is for delighting the customers, and not for the uninvited deer. So, you must take steps to limit deer damage. While trying to prevent deer damage, it should be kept in mind that they are part of wildlife and not to be eliminated for conflicting with the increasing use of lands by the humans.
Signs of deer damage
You will seldom see deer eating plants on your commercial setting. But, some signs confirm their visit. They go downwards starting to eat from the top and tear the plants with jerks. As a result, you will find a clean trimming of the green landscape up to six feet from the ground. When you see these signs, you have to take actions to stop their free lunch. Read on this to know how to prevent deer damage to commercial properties.
Fencing the commercial property is the most effective way for limiting deer damage. Although deer can jump over even a 10 feet high fence, they do not prefer jumping without being sure what is there on the other side. Deer prefer to go crawling under the fence, or through the fence, rather than jumping over it, if not compelled to do so. In case it is not possible to create a 10 feet high fence, the height should be 8 feet at least. Moreover, the bottom of the fence should be as close as possible to the ground and in no case be more than 6 inches for the wire woven fences.
Other than the conventional fences, electrical fencing can also be constructed to keep the deer off the commercial landscape. While the traditional fence provides a physical barrier, the electrical fences help to change their behavior and create some mental block. You can install the baited type or the poly-tape type for keeping the deer off from the commercial property. In the baited type peanut butter is attached to the fence. As the deer start sniffing the peanut butter for investigation, they receive a shock coming in contact with the fence and learn to avoid such places. They poly-tape type contains bright plastic tape with steel or aluminum wire. The deer get attracted to this, and as they touch the tape with their nose, they get a shock and retreat.
The sense of smell of the deer is very acute, and they rely on smell for spotting dangers. Repellents are used to offend the senses of the deer so that they do not invade the commercial property for a free meal. Plenty of commercial products are available that can keep the deer away. But these should be changed regularly so that the deer do not get accustomed to a single type of repellent and start ignoring it. Other than the chemical repellents, deer also do not like the scent of chives, dried blood, garlic, onion and, soap bar. These can also be used for repelling the deer. Having large ears, the deer have extremely sensitive sound perception. Using ultrasonic sounds is another way of scaring them away.
Planting unpalatable plants
While the eating habit of the deer depends on many factors like season and their hunger, they do not like to browse bitter, spicy and thorny plants. Having unpalatable plants in the periphery discourage the deer from invading the commercial setting. Plenty of plants are known to stop deer browsing. These include azaleas, bleeding heart, cleome, Common Dill, hyacinth, hemlock, juniper, pine, marigold, lavender, ostrich fern, sage, etc. But never mix these with plants with what they like. The deer will trample these and eat what they like.
Opt for faux landscape
Using artificial trees and plants for exterior landscapes is a great way to keep the deer away permanently. These are manufactured under supervisions of a team of botanists, engineers, architects, landscapers, and production people to make the fake plants 100% botanically correct. In fact, these resemble the live plants so closely that these evade the most experienced eyes. Being made from premium quality silk foliage and strong, colorfast pigments, they adorn the commercial setting to everyone's delight like their live cousins. Being made from plastics, the fake plants do not attract the wildlife, and as the deer will not smell any food, they will not enter the commercial setting that has artificial trees and plants in the exterior.
There are many added benefits of using faux plants for exterior landscapes. These are not dependent on season and, therefore, your commercial setting will look equally charming in all seasons. Available in wide varieties, you can embellish the place as you like regardless of the location of the business setting. Since the artificial trees and plants are infused with UV blocking special chemicals, these never fade or get discolored even when exposed to the scorching rays of the sun and can withstand rain and snow. These are zero maintenance products and once installed, they continue to glam the setting for long.