Deer can cause thousands, or even tens of thousands, of dollars in damage to ornamental trees and shrubs. The damage can occur at any time of year, and tends to be worse in winter when there are fewer native plants in the woods for deer to feed on, and when snow covers what little native browsing material is available.
Deer are creatures of habit. They tend to feed in the same places at the same times every day, following a route. The goal of protecting your plants is to not become part of a deer feeding route. Just because you haven't experienced deer damage in the past, doesn't mean you won't. A change in weather or snow cover, or if your neighbors have a deer repellant applied to their susceptible trees and shrubs, can shift a feeding pattern to your yard. The damage done within a few days of when deer decide they like your yard and your trees and shrubs can be irreparable.
Deer feeding can do extreme damage to American arborvitae, rhododendrons, evergreen azaleas, cherry trees, plum trees, European mountain ash, wintercreeper euonymus, apples and crabapples, Atlantic white cedar, blue holly, pear trees, Cornelian cherry, flowering dogwood, Japanese holly, Hinoki cypress, Leyland cypress, mountain laurel, hydrangea, white and red oak, winger euonymus, and other trees and shrubs.
...effective deer repellants are a smart way to avoid thousands of dollars of irreparable unsightly damage to your ornamental trees and shrubs.
Green Cross ISA Certified Arborists can assess the susceptibility of your landscape to deer feeding and provide you with a plan for appropriate protection of your very valuable ornamental trees and shrubs.