Watching deer graze in your yard might seem breathtaking and reminiscent of the innocence of a Disney movie where the deer and birds frolic in the woods at daybreak and dusk. This idyllic vision of Bambi may be short lived once you realize the damage these creatures can do to the bushes, trees and plantings in your yard no matter what the season.
New England has a robust and healthy deer herd statewide as most of the state offers adequate deer habitat year-round. White-tailed deer are well-adapted to surviving the cold New England winters and thus the population has massively increased. For example, Massachusetts alone has a general population of over 85,000 deer that are growing and reproducing rapidly- up to 15% each year. Combine this population growth with the appetite of White Tail Deer and New England is looking at an ecological problem.
Deer require large amounts of food during the late spring, summer, fall and even early winter. Normal adult deer will eat anywhere between 6 and 10 pounds of food per day during the growing season. This means for farmers (and homeowners that grow vegetables) that most planted crops are at risk to damage from deer. Some of the crops most susceptible to damage are pumpkins, squash, beans, peas, lettuce, strawberries, and most other fruits and the plants that bear them, including grapevines. They also consume buds, plantings, bushes and a variety of suburban landscaped greenery. This puts your yard at risk since deer enjoy feeding on the edges of populated areas. This gives them a great selection of plants to feed from while still staying near the protection of woodland areas.
Currently there is no widespread health issue associated with white tailed deer but they do have “passengers” that can cause a problem. Along with destroying the plantings and crops in your yard, deer can bring another hazard to your family – deer ticks. Deer are important in transporting ticks and maintaining tick populations. Lyme disease, often associated with white-tailed deer, is a bacterial disease transmitted by the bite of infected ticks.
What can you do about this problem?
Pro-Tech lawn care can help you deal with your deer problem and save your lawn for you and your family to enjoy. We can help with you with fencing, repellents and other preventative measures to stop Bambi and her friends from encroaching on your beautiful yard.