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Deer damage to trees is most often the result of males rubbing and scraping their antlers against the tree, causing significant damage. This is done to remove the velvet. Once the velvet is removed, deer may continue to polish their antlers by rubbing up and down the trunk. Deer also rub trees during mating season to attract females and mark their territory, warning other males to stay away. This can result in broken branches and torn tree bark.Damaged trees, especially young ones, cannot transport nutrients or water, which is vital for the tree's survival. In addition to rubbing trees, deer may also paw at the soil around them as well as urinate on the area. They will chew on branches too; however this is easily controlled by pruning lower branches.



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Keeping Deer Away From Trees


Since deer usually return to the same location, it is important to know how to protect trees from deer, especially if the trees have previously been damaged. There are several options for keeping deer away from trees. The most effective is to surround the tree with fencing or other suitable barriers to offer deer rub tree protection.

  The use of deer repellents can also be used for keeping deer away from trees. A common method for landscapers when they plant Aspen trees is to surround them with cobblestone which deter the deer because they are not sure footed, they then wrap the tree and use deer repellent. Combining these metheds can be very effective. A dog does a fine job, and people with outdoor dogs don't usually have this problem.

  Fencing is a must for vegetable gardens!


Protect Trees from Deer with Repellents

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This is how we keep the deer at bay!

Deer repellents can offer a solution. Repellents may be either contact or area. Contact repellents taste bad to deer. When using a contact repellent, the tree should be treated up to six feet. Applying contact repellents on the tree should prevent chewing; however, it may not stop rubbing of its antlers. Area repellents emit foul odors, which can deter deer from the general area. This type of deer repellent may be more effective for deer rub tree protection. Both wash off with rain and need to be reapplied regularly.

  After many trials with area customers, we have found the most effective deer repellent to be Plantskydd. It is odorless after it dries, and doesn't need to be reapplied as often. It is made of bloodmeal so it acts as a fertilizer too. It comes in a spray or powdered form and the powdered form seems to be even more effective.

We have also discovered what doesn't work. Soap! Windmills! Mothballs! Garlic! Home made Rotten egg mixtures!