I live in a 2 story house where the builder had an arborvitae at the front...

Asked May 21, 2014, 1:18 PM EDT

I live in a 2 story house where the builder had an arborvitae at the front corner of the house, facing NE in Baltimore Co. The deer did a lot of damage to it, then bag worms finished it off. Can you suggest an anchoring shrub that deer don't desire & bag worms won't eat? It doesn't have to be an evergreen. Thank you.

Baltimore County Maryland shrubs plant selection deer resistant

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You did not mention the site and whether the location receives sun or shade. You also have to consider the mature height and width of the shrub.

When you have deer pressure you may need a combination of methods to protect your plants such as fencing, repellents, and deer resistant plants. This past winter was cold and deer fed on plants that were rarely damaged. See our list of deer resistant ornamentals and look at the rarely damaged section.
Consider Dragon Lady Holly, San Jose Holly, John T. & Lydia Morris Holly, Steeds holly, Chamaecyparis pisifera, and Japanese Plum Yew. You will have to check height and width. http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/non_HGIC_FS/FS655.pd...
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