Deer and Wildlife Feed
Attract Deer and Wildlife to Your Property
It’s exciting to see deer and other wildlife feel welcome enough to visit your yard, but when those visits are few and far between, it can be discouraging. However, there are a number of ways to encourage them to come by more often, including offering the right food for them and providing ample greenery for them to feel safe.Shop Now
Wildlife Food Plots
Nourishing and hearty food blends can be used to draw wildlife like deer, birds, and even bees to your property. Planting food plots can help provide food for animals during the heat of summer and the bitter cold of winter. With year-round food available, wildlife in your area will start to identify your property as the place to count on food being served.
Planning Food Plots
Take these steps to encourage your food plot to take hold and grow to attract the wildlife you want.
Plan Your Location
The type of land you’d like to plant a food plot on will determine the type of food plot blend you’ll need to use.This means you’ll need to keep in mind the exact area on your property you’re thinking about. Is it easily accessible with planting equipment? Is it near nature trails? Is it near a water source? Basically, think like a wild animal. Would you feel comfortable in this spot?
Prepare the Land
Just as weeds can choke out flowers in a garden, they will do the same to any food plot blend. Be sure to eliminate weeds before planting!
Plant the Food Plot
Typically, before planting any food plots, it’s a good idea to make sure the soil is at least 50°F. The general rule is that the warmer the soil during planting, the more likely the seeds will germinate. Pay close attention to the amount of moisture in the soil. Your land should be moist enough to provide water for the seeds, but not too dry to prevent successful germination. When planting seeds, they should be between 1/8 to 1/4 inches beneath the dirt. It may be tempting to simply sprinkle seeds along the ground, but that method can lead to your seeds becoming bird food!
Creating a nutrient-rich environment for seeds to grow means you’ll likely need to regularly fertilize the soil. If the soil has been previously farmed, has a more clay consistency, or is otherwise depleted, add gypsum and/or lyme to your moderate fertilization to create a more optimal ground for the seeds to succeed. When dealing with virgin ground or a more soft soil, a light feeding will likely get the job done. Regardless, a dry fertilizer used in warm and dry weather is ideal.