What an amazing sight it is to watch a white-tailed deer explore nature around us. These fairly gentle creatures can be awe-inspiring to watch especially after a coating of snow or when the morning is fresh with dew. Unfortunately deer can be anything but gentle to your plantings and trees. While deer need to make it through the winter too, what damage can they do to your property and how can you prevent it? Let’s take a look at deer damage.
The white-tailed deer is a vital part of our ecosystem, but recently the population has exploded to the point that it is causing problems in suburban and farming areas. As the population of deer predators such as mountain lions and wolves has declined, the white tailed deer numbers have been growing steadily. The online resource Mass.gov reports that the deer population has topped at 95,000 with many homeowners noticing chewed and damaged plantings.
The damage that deer can do varies according to the behavior, age and, in some cases, the gender of the deer. For example, some deer can cause serious damage to newly planted seedlings and established trees by chewing on the leaves and buds. If the chewing happens regularly the deer could reduce growth rates. In addition, bucks rubbing their antlers on the stems can kill the tree entirely.
To prevent further damage some over-the-counter remedies include: netting or structures to surround and protect new plantings, spray repellent, and motion sensors to scare the deer away. Here at Pro-Tech Lawn Care we recommend that you give us a call to see what the deer is attracted to and find a humane and chemically responsible solution to your deer problem. Call Pro-Tech Lawn Care at (603) 382-9644 or Toll Free: (800) 313-4733, or visit our website.
For many of us, spotting a white-tailed deer in our yard can take our breath away. They are gorgeous, majestic creatures which feed and raise families on the edges of woods and neighborhoods. While watching them can seem almost surreal, deer can also cause some serious damage to our plantings, trees, and bushes if they regularly visit the same yard and eventually raise their young in the area.
White-tailed deer have been growing in population for the past few decades and have reached well over 30 million according to the Department of Agriculture. That can spell disastrous consequences for farmers and homeowners who live in areas where the population explosion has pushed the deer even closer to gardens and agricultural lands. The population growth is caused in part due to the decline in predators such as grizzly bears, wolves, and cougars, as well as a decline in the hunting rates. The white-tailed deer is a species that flourishes in “edge” habitats so deforestation and building progress does not seem to impact the deer numbers.
Due to the location of “grinding” teeth within a deer’s mouth, these creatures twist and pull plants apart from ground level up several feet depending upon the size of the animal. When plantings are not available, these deer may strip the foliage off trees and even rip at the bark. Obviously this damage is compounded by the sheer number of deer that need to feed, especially in the northeast region of the United States.
Homeowners may need to take some steps to stop the damage or face losing even the strongest of plants and bushes in their yards.
- Exclusion – Use exclusion techniques such as fences to stop the damage. Homeowners may need to consult with professionals about the type and height of fencing that is needed depending upon your property and the types of plantings.
- Scare Techniques – Some homeowners have taken to the traditional scarecrow scare technique while others have tried the more technologically advanced technique of sensors that blast a loud noise or flashing light if a deer trips the sensor.
- Repellents – Some homeowners try repellents that cause deer to avoid the area for feeding. However, be certain this is something you want to try if you have small children, pets, or just want to avoid chemicals of any sort.
- Call the Professionals – Call lawn care experts who can examine you deer issue and find a solution for your unique property. Call Pro-Tech Lawn Care at (603) 382-9644 or Toll Free: (800) 313-4733.
Most homeowners think of the famed Disney character Bambi when they envision a white tailed deer. And who doesn’t love Bambi??? The majestic way that these beautiful creatures gallop or quietly feed in your yard can be quite breathtaking. Well, that is unless you are watching a herd of white tailed deer chew and destroy your garden or plantings that you worked so hard all spring and summer to nurture. With deer numbers markedly increasing over the past few decades, it is no wonder many homeowners see deer as a nuisance.
Why Are Deer Becoming a Problem?
Humans have slowly eliminated the natural predators of the white tailed deer and suburbs have quickly encroached on formerly natural open areas, woods and farm fields. Both issues have compounded the problem for homeowners and farmers in our northeast region. Due to these two changes, deer have been estimated to damage hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of landscaping yearly and make your yard a minefield of scat. This should come as no surprise as deer can eat 6 to 10 pounds of food daily, tearing leaves from plants and bark from trees, leaving 2-inch long gouges, and weakening plants. Deer love tender new growth, but they’ll nibble on every branch within their reach, from the ground to 6 feet up.
Deer may look graceful and serene and are many times scared easily by humans and our methods of scaring them away. Here are a few methods to try to “do-it-yourself” deer exclusion. If you have a recurring deer problem you will want to call in the professionals at Pro-Tech to examine what is drawing the deer to your yard and how to exclude them from it.