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You know what deer hate? Artificial outdoor plants!

Today, we’re going to share a dirty secret with you: Many people with pristine yards are supplementing their live plantings with artificial outdoor plants and trees. Before you accuse these folks of cheating, consider the benefits.

If you live in an area with a large deer population, you know how much damage they can do to a garden in just one night. For many, replacing deer favorites with faux trees and plants is preferable to facing a pillaged yard for the rest of the season. Besides, some of your favorite plantings might not do well in your climate. With so many authentic options in today’s market, there’s no reason to go without.

If you’re thinking of incorporating a faux tree or two into your landscape, consider which types might be most beneficial. Topiary is a favorite deer treat, as are cedar trees and cherry blossom trees. Deer also enjoy hostas, ferns, and of course vegetable crops. For complete information on deer dietary habits, check here.

When you’ve decided which artificial trees and plants to use, it is very important that you choose products that are made for outdoor use. These options are infused with UV inhibitors to prevent fading, and are usually constructed of durable plastic that resists the effects of weather. Silk indoor trees and plants will fray and turn blue if kept outside for an extended time.

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