Deer will eat almost any plant if they're desperate! The problem here is deer overpopulation due to shrinking natural habitat and a lack of natural predators. Deer get hungry, they wander into your yard, and they dine on anything and everything (especially in winter, when natural food is even more scarce). One beleaguered homeowner is not going to solve this problem. Although some repellents supposedly protect garden plants (noisemakers, foul-smelling sprays, bags of human hair from the local salon), the only sure deterrent is an 8-foot-tall fence all the way around your yard (possibly electrified).
You can try planting things that deer favor less (plants with thorns, for instance, and some bitter-tasting perennials and herbs; for complete lists, check with your nearest Cooperative Extension office).
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