This is becoming a big problem: deer eating sunflowers! Here we are again this year with this problem. I didn’t think I would ever have to deal with this problem of deer eating sunflowers because I live in a city neighborhood. I haven’t actually seen the deer this year but my neighbors have. I did see the sunflowers eaten in my son’s garden in Cleveland. I saw the tops eaten right off. There are deer all over the place in his neighborhood even a fawn looking in his sliding glass door.
What to Do? Deer Eating Sunflowers
I had this beautiful volunteer sunflower growing. It grew 2-3 feet tall already. We went away for a few days and something had eaten 3-4 leaves. Something had also chomped off some baby sunflower plants, in a different part of the garden, You can see a few of the stems in this picture. Apparently the something eating these plants is deer. Burdock is growing in the background. The deer ate one or two bites out of those huge leaves but not so much. Apparently the deer don’t like burdock so much!
In the past the deer ate my green beans. I put a plastic fence around the green beans which protected them quite well. It is just a pain when you want to pick green beans. But it is better to move the fence and have green beans to pick then to have the deer eat them. I will put a fence around my baby sunflowers but when they get larger I am not sure what to do yet. Here is a pic of one of the baby plants eaten off.
The plant looks quite large but it was only about 10 inches high. The large burdock leaf in the background makes the sunflower look bigger. Last year we tried garlic repellent around the plants. They deer still ate them. I don’t know if it would have been worse without the garlic?? Also I have put out vinegar in milk jugs to protect my raspberries from the drosophilia fruit fly. I am wondering if vinegar is a repellent because we didn’t have so much deer damage when we kept up with the vinegar.
Now All the Leaves Are Eaten
When I went out this morning my beautiful big sunflower which you see in the top picture was gone. Here is a picture of the damage. All the sunflower leaves are gone. Alas! I just gotta get those sunflowers big enough so the deer can’t reach the leaves!
Today I searched the internet for a solution to the deer problem. I will post when I have any good news. At the moment I am using plastic fencing and vinegar in milk bottles. Check out this link for keeping deer out of your garden.