The best overall strategy for protecting your trees and shrubs from animal browsing is to reduce areas of habitat and erect physical barriers to prevent them from getting to your plants.
Here are 4 great tips to help you minimize deer damage to your shrubs and trees this winter.
- Use Stacks of Chopped Wood as Barriers to Your Favorite Trees- Deer don’t like climbing steep slopes or barriers, so this is a great way to encourage them to move on to more accessible opportunities.
2. Plant Deer-Resistant Shrubs as a Perimeter Around Your Property- Bayberry, Boxwood, Sweet Box, Ginko, and Mahonia are some of their least favorite shrubs, so these make great perimeter plantings.
3. Use Deer Repellents and Deterrents Early On- Deer are very smart and have a good memory. If they come along investigating and find your yard unattractive, it’s likely they won’t try again any time soon.
4. Make Your Trees a Stressful Place- Deer don’t like sudden noises, and some people use windchimes as a deterrent to keep deer from using their trees as rubbing posts. While deer are smart and may adjust to the noises, they will not prefer to be in a place where a variety of noises can occur unexpectedly. Use several windchimes with a variety of sounds like metal, wood, and “tinkling” of bells to cause the deer to startle and move along.