Oh Deer

By on Nov 16, 2012 in Fall |

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Oh deer….time to protect those trees from deer damage. As deer remove velvet from antlers and during their pre-mating and mating season (often referred to as the rut) they can do significant damage to young trees in the suburban landscape. I’ve read that a typical male whitetail deer “rubs” from 400 to 800 trees in a season. Our suburban environment invites in wildlife because our habitat is better than theirs. We set the table by planting grass, trees, vegetable gardens, and we put out birdseed, mulch and garbage. No wonder they want to crash the party.

Fresh deer damage on a young tree

Check out this young tree just planted by my neighbor replacing a previously deer damaged tree in his yard. I’m going to wrap my trees tonight and protect them….not tonight deer!

See the deer tracks on the right side of the picture?

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