Winter deer damage is one of the biggest threats that your landscape is facing this winter. Because of the mild Michigan winters these past few years, the deer population is on the rise, and these deer are seemingly fearless.
As the temperatures drop, the deer become more desperate. As a result, they will come out of hiding to feed on your trees, shrubs, or any other plants that your landscape provides. If preventative measures are not taken this can result in damage, disease, or even death of the plants in your landscape. Here are some steps you can take right now to protect your landscape from winter deer damage:
Use Deer Repellent
Deer repellent is a natural, environmentally friendly solution to keeping desperate deer away from your landscape during the winter months. Most commercial deer repellents are made from a mix of fish oil, fishmeal, and meat meal. The smell that emits from this mixture will deter hungry deer, providing temporary protection for your trees and shrubs (reapplication will be necessary).
There are also some homemade recipes you can cook up to use as deer repellent. These mixtures include items like rotten eggs, garlic, chili pepper, and olive oil.
Use A Natural Method
Some of the most effective natural methods of deer repellent are:
- Dogs – Deer see dogs as predators. The sight or smell of a dog will keep the deer far, far away.
- Lights and noise – Deer see 5 times better than we do, and their eyes can detect the slightest movements. As a result, they are extremely jumpy animals. Hanging CD’s, wind chimes, and utilizing motion sensor lights are all effective prevention methods.
- Plant deer repelling plants – Any plant that gives off a heavy aroma can be effective at preventing deer. Some plants that look good and give off that strong smell are thyme, rosemary, lavender, and horseradish.
Wrap Your Trees and Shrubs
Not only will wrapping protect against deer damage, but it will also protect against other winter damage as well (snow, ice, and salt). It is especially important to wrap young trees, as they are much more venerable than older trees.
If your landscape has ever been victim to winter deer damage, we can help. Give us a call today at (248) 541-5296 to hear more about our tree and shrub care services. With over 30 years of experience, we can help you get the lawn and landscape that you will love. Call us today!