This is the question we all have: a deer-proof evergreen screen. Hmmmm….I have seen them eat everything from pine to spruce to cedar to juniper to whatever. Claims a few years back that Eastern deer wouldn’t eat the Western species of Thuja (T. occidentalis) were quickly disproven. They eat everything, more or less, if they are in the mood. Theoretically, the sharper the needles and the more pungent/aromatic/resinous, you’d think they’d resist. Theoretically, also, they hate boxwood because of the poisonous chemicals in it. Even the U.S. National Aboretum says so: http://www.usna.usda.gov/Gardens/faqs/boxwoodfaq2.html
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.