Bring the Outdoors Home
28 Mar 2022

Deer-Tolerant Plantings for New Landscapes | Sylvan Gardens Plant Guides

Perhaps more than weather, pests and disease, deer present some of the greatest challenges for keeping a home landscape healthy and undisturbed.

As the pressures of habitat loss and urban sprawl continue to press into formerly wild areas, homeowners increasingly find that deer are a persistent presence in the landscape. In Pittsburgh, deer populations are great and their comfort with people increases as development increases around them.

It is important to note that there is no such thing as a plant that will be safe from deer in all conditions. The more their habitats decrease, the more likely they are to explore previously unattractive food options. Food preference can be affected by the availability (or lack of) more palatable options, seasonal availability, weather conditions and their nutritional needs.

That’s not to say that deer are an impossible problem. Selective planting can be a great alternative to unsightly fencing and expensive repellants. Lucky for homeowners, there is a wide range of deer-tolerant plantings that fit any range of uses or spaces in the landscape. When combined with seasonal fencing and repellants, a deer-tough landscape can be created for any home.

Browse our selection of deer-tolerant plants below, and find out which might be right for creating resilience in your landscapes.


16 Apr 2020

Work Safety Practices During COVID-19

To our customers,

As some of you may have noticed, our crews are on the road and working in your neighborhoods. As an essential business, we are thankfully able to continue providing service while keeping all our staff employed at regular rates.


23 Mar 2020

March 23 Update | COVID-19 Prevention Measures


To our customers,

In keeping with guidance from Governor Wolf’s Office ordering a Temporary Shutdown of Non-Life Sustaining Businesses, our staff will be working on a limited basis during the period of March 23-29. Per NAICS industry standards, landscape services have been deemed “essential,” and are permitted to operate during this period. As of today, we plan to return to our full-time normal operations on Monday, March 30.


22 Mar 2020

March 20 Update | COVID-19 Prevention Measures


To Our Customers,

We are reaching out to give you insight into how Sylvan Gardens is responding to the COVID-19 crisis.

We are in the business of installing and maintaining landscapes for people to enjoy, but realize that we have new responsibilities in how we deliver these services during this period of social distancing.


22 Mar 2020

Staff Guidance | COVID-19 Prevention Measures


Please find our latest guidance to all Sylvan Gardens staff regarding the COVID-19 crisis below.

On-Site Meetings

We will be postponing all on-site client meetings during the state-mandated pause in business. Upon returning to work, we will still be limiting in-person meetings for design & proposal work. Electronic communication will be the de facto means of communication for the foreseeable future. We may still arrive on your site to perform estimates and measurements, but will not have in-person meetings during these times, for your safety and ours.