Small trees are a favorite target for deer, and between August and February are when these trees are under the biggest threat! Read on to find out why deer damage is most frequent at this time of year. Plus, learn what you can do to protect your young tree!
Why deer are causing trouble for small trees now
August through February is when male deer are trying to attract a mate. They rub the velvet off their new antlers on tree trunks. This act also releases a scent that attracts females.
Trees Most At Risk
Young trees that are still establishing healthy root systems are under the most threat from deer damage. Deer will leave their scent on trees of all sizes. However, small trees with trunks that are up to 6″ in diameter often sustain the worse damage from male deer rubbing their antlers on the trunks.
How to Protect Young Trees from Deer Damage
You can protect your trees by installing plastic or wire fencing around the trunks of your small trees. Fencing is available at your local hardware store. Or, ask your Giroud Arborist and we will be happy to install it for you.
Check out this video from ISA Certified Arborist, Mike Chenail. He shows us a young red maple damaged by deer and how he installed wire fencing around the trunk to protect it.