Think of a young tree as an investment. You’ve taken the time to select a tree, plant it, and nurture it. Now it is time to protect your investment – from the local deer population.
Deer season is fast approaching. But instead of preparing bows, cameras, and deer stands, I’m more concerned about protecting newly planted and younger trees. For the next few months, young and unprotected trees will be at risk of being rubbed, damaged, mangled by the male deer population.
Rut season is the time of year when male deer (often referred to as “buck” or “bucks”) prepare themselves to mate. The rut season of deer in Southwest Ohio begins in September and can last for up to three months.
As part of their preparation, they search out young trees to rub with their antlers. Rubbing a tree serves to remove dead tissue from antlers and to mark territory.
Young trees, with a caliper (or diameter) of half an inch up to three inches are very susceptible to being rubbed. When a buck rubs a tree, it often results in broken branches, damaged bark and tissues. Any damage to the bark and underlying tissue of a young tree could cause immediate decline or have lasting negative affects.
What can be done to protect a young tree, your investment, from deer rubs?
Any protection of the trunk is better than no protection at all. Tree guards are an easy and effective method of protection. They are made of rigid plastic material that allow sunlight and air to penetrate and circulate while at the same time providing a level of protection that will deter most deer. Other methods include installing posts around the tree at intervals and using fishing line, or metal fencing. In addition to tree guards, scent-based and taste-based deterrents such as Deer-Scram and Liquid Fence can be applied around the tree.
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