white-tailed deer at marymoor park
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The Buck Stops Here

Sure, they're pretty to look at, if you're quick—and quiet enough to catch a glimpse of deer galloping off into the distance. But set loose in your garden, they will ravage your tender tulips and plump pansies, leaving foliage raggedy and the fruits of your labor plundered. Fortunately, with a little bit of insight into their habits, you can prevent your flowers, bulbs, and vegetables from becoming a free buffet. Use these 20 tips, ranging from home remedies and recipes to organic solutions and humane exclusion techniques, as part of a prevention plan you should put into effect now—even before you've spotted the season's first deer.
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