Hot Rosemary Deer Repellent

by Pat Pruss
(La Plata, MD)

Boil eight cups of water

Add 6 large fresh sprigs of rosemary
simmer for 10 minutes
Let cool
Add 1 teaspoon Tabasco seasoning regular
Add 1 teaspon Tabasco Chipotle seasoning

I put this is a 64 oz jar in a cool dry place, filling a separate spray bottle with the Hot Rosemary Deer Repellent and spray affected plants once a week, and after any series of 2+ rainy days.

Note: don't use this on vegetable plants or others you may eat, unless you don't mind if they 'inherit' the hot, spicy attribute of the hot pepper seasoning from the Tabasco.

I tried this for just 2 months, but so far it is working and has not damaged any ornamental plants - I use it on liriope, azalea, roses, hosta, cone flowers, coreopsis, day lilies and rhododendrons - and many others. Successful so far in 2009.

Try this recipe and let us know if it works for you.

I've tried dog hair and commercial preparations. The former has to be replenished too often (and our dog died), the latter is too expensive and not nice to the coyotes who 'donate' the urine.

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May 02, 2015
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Hot Rosemary Deer Repellent
by: Elizabeth Ryan

Its a great idea to keep deer away from ornamental and expensive plants. I was very worried about one of my plants but now I will do this trick. I will try the deer repellent recipes.

Apr 27, 2015
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I have not cooked this
by: Anonymous

I have not cooked this deer repellent recipe so far but I feel this would be the reason which really makes me more excited to cook this sooner and get rid of the deer. I have deer problems and I look forward to trying your repellent recipes.

Feb 23, 2015
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try using mothballs
by: garry

I think the better option would be to use mothballs. This can actually repel them much easily and is cost effective. The only thing is that you will have to keep putting more and more mothballs every two or three days.

Feb 17, 2010
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Thanks for the info
by: Anonymous

I will try this. It is cheap and will smell good.

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