The wildlife is a huge part of what makes Jackson, WY so special, and it’s always a thrill to see the many great animals roam in and around the city. With that said, some of those animals can be harmful to the landscaping you work so hard to create. Deer, in particular, have a reputation for munching on things you would prefer them to leave alone.
In this article, we’ll talk about some of the best ways to protect your trees from the countless deer that live in this region. With any luck, you can keep the deer away from your trees while still enjoying their beauty day after day. For more information on how to keep wildlife damage from your trees, see our blog here.
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The first – and perhaps most effective – way to protect your trees against deer is simply not to let them get onto the property in the first place. That means installing a deer-proof fence around the perimeter of the property to send the deer in another direction. This is a strategy that will not only allow you to protect your trees but also improve safety for any children that live in your home who play out in the yard. While deer are not particularly aggressive animals, they are large and powerful, and having them come too close to children could be dangerous.
It’s worth noting that you don’t necessarily have to ring your entire property in deer-proof fencing if you have many acres’ worth of land to consider. In that case, you might want to build a fence around an inner section where your home and landscaping are found, while still giving the deer access to the rest of the property.
You may be surprised to find how much damage a deer can do to a tree simply by rubbing up against that tree over and over again. A mature tree with thick bark may not suffer much damage, but a younger tree or a species with thin bark could be harmed significantly. For those kinds of trees, look into tree wrap products that will provide a physical barrier between the deer and the tree. This likely won’t keep the deer away from your trees entirely, but it should allow them to remain in better condition after the encounter.
The results you get from using deer repellant sprays in and around your trees will vary from time to time. While these products can work, they are also likely to be quickly diluted by any wind or rain that moves through the area. And, over time, the local deer may just get used to them and it will no longer drive them away. You should consider these sprays to be a quick, short-term measure while you work on a physical barrier solution that will be more lasting and reliable.
Enclosing your trees in wire cages can be an effective way to keep the deer from rubbing up against the trunk without going as far as putting a fence up around the entire yard. With a cage around a single tree or a group of trees, you shouldn’t need to build it up that high to have the desired effect. While the cage height might not be enough on its own to stop the deer, the animal won’t likely want to jump into such a crowded area, so he or she may just wander on to look for other places to explore.
While this is a tip that is more suitable for shrubs than trees, it’s still worth pointing out in this article. You can easily purchase burlap bags for a modest cost and this material will make it hard for deer to eat up your plants. The protection offered by burlap can even offer benefits in terms of sheltering the plants from harsh weather conditions like snow or heavy rains.
Whatever goals or dreams you may have for your Jackson, WY property, the team at TLC is ready to help you bring them to life. We have a team of experienced and friendly professionals available to offer insight and advice on trees and shrubs, and for the planning stages of your project, and then we can get down to work on making that project a reality, so contact us today. Thank you for stopping by and we are excited to serve you!
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“The best friend on earth of man is the tree: when we use the tree respectfully and economically we have one of the greatest resources of the earth.”
– Frank Lloyd Wright