Deer Damage in Winter – Prevention Tips
Protect against deer damage in winter and you set the stage for a healthy spring. Take steps now to safeguard vulnerable plants and trees. Read on for tips.
Deer eat evergreens and other cold tolerant plants in winter, as other varieties are scarce. Temptations include Arborvitae, Balsam and Douglas Fir, cedar, young fruit trees, hemlocks, pines and yews. Shrubs such as camelia, winterberry, and witch hazel are also magnets for deer. If favorites aren’t available, deer will eat whatever plants they can find.
Swift and Severe Deer Damage
The stealth and speed of deer make it easy for them to eat and run. Their most active times are dusk and dawn, when low light helps keep them undetected. Equipped with only bottom teeth, deer tear at plantings, shredding foliage and flowers in record time.
In addition, bucks severely wound trees by rubbing their antlers on them, breaking tree limbs and stripping trunks. All the loving care and money invested in the garden may quickly become a heap of ruined plants and destroyed trees due to foraging and antler rubbing.
Cover to Condition
If unprotected, your winter garden will be a continuous food source for deer. Condition deer to be repelled by your plantings to stop this feeding pattern. The most effective, safest way is to cover plants with number one rated Bobbex Deer Repellent.
All Bobbex formulas are created with organic elements including clove oils, garlic, meat meal and more. Eco-friendly Bobbex is a foliar topical that shields shrubs and trees, while turning deer away with its scent and taste. It will not harm people, animals, wildlife or aquatic life.
Spray shrubs and trees throughout winter, as long as conditions are dry, and temperatures are above 35 degrees Fahrenheit. The key is to reapply as needed, which will be less often now than in high growth seasons. Take a look at this guide on how and when to apply Bobbex for helpful application tips.
Protect Winter’s Wonders
The winter landscape has its own distinct beauty and offers many other benefits. Cold tolerant plantings provide food and shelter for birds, help prevent soil erosion, and act as windbreaks. Take care to prevent deer damage now and spring will arrive with exceptional splendor and vigor.