Attached are pictures of a tree in our landscaping that appears to be...

Asked October 9, 2019, 5:20 PM EDT

Attached are pictures of a tree in our landscaping that appears to be damaged by we think was a dear. We would like to know how to treat the damage to save the tree.
Thanks,
Ron and Pat

Stark County Ohio

1 Response

Thank you for contacting Ask An Expert.
https://www.johnson.k-state.edu/lawn-garden/agent-articles/miscellaneous/deer-damaged-trees.html
https://www.extension.uidaho.edu/nursery/Landscape%20problems/Deer%20Antler%20Rubbing.pdf
https://extension.colostate.edu/topic-areas/natural-resources/preventing-deer-damage-6-520/
Once damage is done there is nothing you can do for the tree other than protect it from further damage and give it good care through the growing season- prune off damaged or broken branches and provide supplemental water during droughts. If the bark hasn't been removed all the way around the branch or trunk(known as ‘girdling’) the branch or tree is likely to survive. Please look at the fact sheet links at the top of the email for further information about how to protect your trees.
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