Have two 2nd year decorative apple trees. Deer scraped off about the 1st...

Asked October 26, 2015, 4:49 PM EDT

Have two 2nd year decorative apple trees. Deer scraped off about the 1st three feet the bark of the trucks. Also on some lower branches. Is there anything I can do to the injured tree to help them survive?

Hennepin County Minnesota apple trees animal damage

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It depends upon how much bark has been scraped off, and how deeply. If you could send a couple of good quality photos we might be able to give you a better assessment.

If just a thin layer of bark has been scraped off, the tree will do fine. If the wounds go into the phloem layer or deeper the tree may lose branches on that side of the tree. If that kind of damage goes all around the tree - it is essentially dead. Here is a link that may help you decide how damaged the trees are:
https://www.arborday.org/trees/TreeGuide/anatomy.cfm

Clearly these trees are seen as delicacies to the local deer and should be protected. Here is a link that suggests a number of methods to protect fruit trees from marauding wildlife:
http://www.myminnesotawoods.umn.edu/2009/12/tree-stem-protection/

I hope this answers your question. If not, I'll look for photos from you.