Deer Management for Tree and Plant Health

Picture of a deer, which has been eating tree growth.One of Pennsylvania’s great treasures are our white-tailed deer, but they can also be a burden to property owners who are battling to keep them from damaging trees on their property in Blair County.

Deer can kill your trees from buck rubs but primarily be eating chutes and leaves. Adult deer eat up to six pounds per day though you might wonder why it’s always your six pounds of vegetation!

There are many products available that help repel deer from property, and you may have had some success with some of them.


They love to eat shrubs, apples and other fruits, but also vegetable gardens and ornamental gardens. Once they have established the way they eat, it is difficult to get them away from their favorite eating spots and watering holes. Your trees may be able to sustain some deer feedings, but frequent foraging will kill your trees and other plants.

Deer, however, are very persistent and have probably come back to property after you stopped applying the repellent. Also, deer seem unable to forget things they like (like eating your flowers). To effectively manage deer on your property through non-lethal means, you’ll need to take an integrated approach using products in conjunction with each other tactics to keep the deer away as part of a smart deer repellent program.

Your deer repellent program should include:

  • Deer repellents
  • Fencing
  • Deer resistant plants

Managing deer will keep your plants and trees safe while also reducing your family’s risk of Lyme disease from ticks carried by deer. For more information on tick management, check out these best practices for tree care and ticks.

If the deer have already gotten to your trees and they need removed or treated, give Reliable Tree Service at (814) 693-TREE a call so that we can assess the damage and fix the problem.

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How to Care for Young Trees

A young tree including the root system.Planting a young tree can be the beginning of a lifelong relationship, therefore planting young trees require extra love and care.

They are especially vulnerable to the elements and predators, so it is essential that you learn the fundamentals of young tree care so they continue to grow. The first three years are especially important when it comes to tree loss, because the root system grows from the root ball into the new ground.

Fundamentals of Young Tree Care

First, it is important to know what the most common troubles are and how to avoid them.

The best advice for planting is to do it right where the trunk begins and flare the root. You can mow and trim around your young tree, but keep in mind that they should not touch the bark. If you accidentally tear the bark, you can cause diseases and stunt growth in young trees.

A protector like plastic or hardware cloth can also prevent cats and other animals from scratching the bark, which may be harmful too. Deer antlers can destroy a tree by rubbing and munching. To prevent this, you should keep a circle of fencing around a tree for three or four years.

Be careful not to over water the young tree and don’t prune aggressively. When watering, do it both to the original root ball and the soil around it. Watering depends on the weather and moisture of the soil, and it should occur one to two times per week during dry periods.

Correct pruning cut is also very important. An improper cut can cause your young tree to die so, if you are not sure how to do this, you should not risk the life of a young tree, but call a professional instead.

Helping your tree form a strong structure while it’s young is also very important.

The strongest branches are at 60 to 90 degree angle from the trunk, but the biggest chances for weakness have the branches that are at a 30 degree angle to the trunk or less. You need to know how to make a strong structure so your tree stays balanced and healthy.

Also, by removing crowded branches you can prevent storm damage. It is advised that you do this when the branches are small, but you should never remove more than a third of them.

Do not forget that properly apply mulch conserves moisture in soil but also provides a helps to the roots. To protect the roots, do not put mulch in contact with the trunk of the tree.

Finally, don’t forget about the pest management. It is highly important for young trees that they don’t lose many leaves or branches to pests.

Some of this advice can surely come in handy, but if you’d like help from the experts. However, if you don’t know much about gardening or trees, leave tree management to the professionals. Call Reliable Tree Service at (814) 693-TREE or through our contact us page to get an estimate today.