Looking into my backyard, I enjoy seeing the occasion of a few deer browsing through. But, then when I am browsing through my gardens, I am NOT overjoyed to see the damage that these pesky animals have done. Shrubs can be a perfect height for the deer to munch on, but, overall deer tend to stray away from shrubs. But, in the dead of winter food supply can become scare for the deer, and they prey on our beloved shrubs! There is truly nothing that will stop a deer from munching when they are starving, but, a few shrubs we have found that they don’t prefer are: barberry, butterfly bushes, boxwood, false cypress, forsythia, and elderberry. These shrubs either have thorns or produce a smell that deer do not prefer, and tend to stay away from.