If you recently moved near a foothill in Utah, donвЂ™t be surprised if some of the plants in your garden disappear this spring.
Gardens, yards and areas right next to roads are вЂњdeer magnetsвЂќ in the spring.
вЂњGreen grasses and other succulent vegetation typically start to appear at lower elevations and along roadways this time of year,вЂќ says Scott Root, a regional conservation outreach manager with the Division of Wildlife Resources.
вЂњThese areas draw deer like a magnet.вЂќ
Gardens and yards
Root says deer quickly learn that residential areas provide a delightful salad of tulips, lilies and other types of flowers, plants and trees. Fortunately, you can do several things to prevent deer from damaging your flowers and plants:
- Building a permanent fence around your garden or yard is the best way to prevent deer from getting to your plants.
- If building a permanent fence doesnвЂ™t seem visually appealing or practical, consider placing a temporary fence around your garden or yard. Placing wire cages around the plants you want to protect can also help.
- The best solution of all is to plant plants that donвЂ™t attract deer.
Root says the Internet provides numerous resources to teach you how to fence your plants and flowers correctly. Other sources on the Web teach you how to plant plants that deer donвЂ™t like to eat. Two of those publications — вЂњMinimizing Browsing Damage by DeerвЂќ and вЂњCreating Landscapes for WildlifeвЂ¦ A Guide for Backyards in UtahвЂќ — are available for free at the DWRвЂ™s website.
The side of UtahвЂ™s highways is another area that often draws deer in the spring. Deer are drawn to these areas because theyвЂ™re some of the first areas where green vegetation appears in the spring.
Deer and other big game animals arenвЂ™t afraid to approach the edge of the road for a quick meal, especially at night.
вЂњEven though many of our highways have big game fencing and at times, wildlife underpasses and other crossing structures,вЂќ Root says, вЂњwe all need to be aware of our surroundings when we drive.
вЂњThis is simply a good time to remember that deer and other wildlife are often near roads in the spring,вЂќ he says. вЂњYou need to use extra caution while youвЂ™re driving, especially at night.вЂќ