Hill Country Gardens
Gardening in the Texas Hill Country
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Deer Repellent Sprays

The following recipes for deer repellent sprays were collected from a variety of sources. The trick is to find one that works in your yard.

The idea is to repel the deer either by taste, odor or both. Always add a surfectant to make the spray stick to your plants (usually soap). 
Good luck-

   1 egg 
   ½ cup milk 
   1 tbsp hot pepper sauce garlic 
   1 tbsp dish soap
Strain and add to 1 gallon of water.Store covered and fill spray bottle when needed.


   1 egg 
   1 teaspoon tabasco sauce 
   1.5 quarts (6 cups) water 

   6 qt. water 
   2 1/2 cups Wilt-Proof (10:1 ratio with the water) 
   3-4 tbsp. HOT HOT hot sauce (why mess around?)

Spray all sides of foliage and buds. Do not spray on Sedum or other succulents. (Won't kill them but discolors them.)

Using dried red pepper flakes, make a "tea" (quart of boiling water over 1/4 c. flakes) then strain through a coffee filter and spray

Garlic, Eggs and Tabasco
   one garlic clove
   one egg
   1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce
   one cup water
Mix in a blender. Let the concoction sit to ferment for several days. Apply fermented mixture to plants.