Deer damage to trees in private gardens and tree nurseries is staggering. By browsing on trees, shrubs, and ornamental plants, deer have been known to cause as much as $20,000 damage to a single homeowner’s landscaping.
Deer damage to trees with the explosion of the deer population has been particularly hard on tree growers. Deer damage fruit trees both in and out of growing seasons. During the fall and winter, deer nibble on twigs of small trees and also rub their antlers against young trees, a practice known as “rutting.” In the spring and summer, deer eat fruit, leaves, buds, and twigs.