Rabbit and Deer Damage

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Deer and Rabbits Can Damage your Landscape

Sweet, doe-eyed deer and adorable rabbits are fascinating to watch as they visit your neighborhood. Unfortunately, these adorable animals are also a great source of destruction to trees, shrubs, plants and your grass.  Both deer and rabbits will eat lower, tender branches and bark off trees as well as new growth on bushes, perennials and grass. In addition, deer will scrape their antlers on trees to stake their territory and attract mates. This can cause unsightly and severe damage to the trunks cutting into the protective bark of the tree.

How do I prevent Wild Life from Damaging my Landscape?

Like deer, rabbits will dine on new grass and shrub growth, even taking them back to ground level, leaving little chance for the grass or shrubs to recover. Preventing wildlife from viewing your landscape as an all-you-can eat buffet can be trying.  Wire fencing around the tree trunk and shrub base can offer some relief, although it is not an attractive addition to your landscape. Some experts recommend an electric fence for more severe cases of animal control.  Another option is a chemical repellent. This preventative has a high success rate and can be applied by technicians trained in the application of deer and rabbit repellents.

If deer, rabbits and other wildlife are using your trees and gardens for dining, contact Arbor Masters and let us help you prevent wildlife from destroying your landscape.

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