Mint is a popular herb that is often used in cooking. It has a refreshing, slightly sweet taste that many people enjoy. But what about deer? Will they eat mint? In this blog post, we will explore the answer to that question and discuss some of the benefits of using mint as a deer repellent.
Will Deer Eat Mint?
No, deer will not eat mint. In fact, they are known to dislike the smell and taste of mint. This is good news for gardeners who want to keep deer out of their gardens. Mint can be used as a natural deer repellent. Just plant some mint around your garden, and the deer will stay away.
There are several reasons why deer do not like mint. One reason is that mint is a member of the Lamiaceae family, which also includes basil, rosemary, and sage.
Another reason is that mint has a strong scent that can be overwhelming to deer. In fact, the herb is even too strong for us humans when used in large amounts! We tend to use just a pinch of it for a whole meal.
This is why many gardeners use mint as a natural pest control method. The strong scent of mint will keep deer away, while also deterring other pests such as rabbits and mice.
If you are looking for a natural way to keep deer out of your garden, try planting some mint. Mint is easy to grow and maintain, and it will help to keep your garden free of deer damage. Plus, you can use the mint leaves in cooking or add them to your favorite tea.
How to Protect Mint from Deer?
While deer hate the smell and taste of mint, they could still trample on the plant if they are desperate enough for food. If you live in an area with a high deer population, it is important to take steps to protect your mint plants from being damaged.
You can use fencing to keep deer out of your garden. Just be sure to choose a fence that is at least eight feet tall as deer can jump high.
Almost any material can be used for fencing, but metal or wire mesh is best as it will not rot like wood. You can also use an electric fence to keep deer away from your mint plants. Just be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
Whichever type of fence you go for, be sure to install it around the entire perimeter of your garden. This will create a barrier that deer cannot cross.
If you want a more aesthetically pleasing option, try planting some tall plants in front of your mint. This will create a natural barrier that deer are less likely to cross.
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2. Deer Repellents
Another way to keep deer away from your mint plants is to use deer repellents. These products work by emitting a strong scent that deer do not like. As mentioned earlier, mint has a strong scent that will deter deer. You can buy mint oil or make your own repellent at home using essential oils.
There are also many commercial deer repellents available on the market. These products usually contain natural ingredients that will not harm your plants or animals.
To use a deer repellent, simply spray it around the perimeter of your garden to create a barrier that deer will not cross. This should also stop them from smelling the other plants in your garden and prevent them from eating them.
3. Raised Beds
If you are really worried about deer damaging your mint plants, you can grow them in raised beds. This will protect the plants from being trampled and make it harder for deer to reach them.
You can buy raised bed kits from most garden centers or online retailers. Alternatively, you can build your own using wood or concrete blocks.
You can also grow mint in containers. This is a great option if you want to move the plants around your garden or bring them indoors over winter.
Another way to keep deer away from your mint plants is to install a sprinkler system. This will deter deer from coming into your garden as they do not like being wet, and the random movement of the sprinklers will startle them.
You can buy a ready-made sprinkler system from most hardware stores. Alternatively, you can make your own using a hose and some irrigation tubing.
To use a sprinkler system to deter deer, simply turn it on when you see deer in your garden. The noise and movement of the water will scare them away.
You can also use this method to protect other plants in your garden that deer like to eat such as roses, tulips, and daffodils.
Can Mint Be Used as Deer-Resistant Fencing?
While deer dislike mint and will be repelled by its smell, the plant is not strong enough to withstand the weight of a deer. So, while you can use mint as part of your deer-resistant fencing, it should not be used alone.
it could be a good idea to plant some mint just the other side of your fence as an extra deterrent. This way, if the deer jump over the fence, they will be met with a strong smell that will deter them from eating your plants.
In conclusion, deer HATE mint. The strong smell of the plant will deter them from coming into your garden and eating your plants. You can use mint as part of your deer-resistant fencing or make a homemade repellent to keep them away.
It’s worth noting that deer are random animals and their eating habits can change from day to day. So, even if you have mint in your garden, there is no guarantee that they will not eat it. The best way to protect your plants is to use a combination of the methods mentioned above.
Do you have any tips on how to keep deer away from mint? Let us know in the comments below!
Tim is an avid gardener from the UK. He was the founder of PlantCarer.com from 2021 to Sep 2023. He sold PlantCarer.com to Aaron. He has since started his own business called Seed To Supper, which provides new gardeners all the materials you need in a box (pots, seeds, compost and instructions) to grow your own delicious and nutritious vegetables and herbs from start to finish – no garden required.