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Arborvitae trees, with their lush foliage and elegant structure, are cherished by homeowners for their ability to create beautiful privacy screens and add greenery to landscapes. However, for those living in Zone 6 of the United States, where deer populations can be abundant, keeping these beloved trees safe from browsing can be a challenge. At PrivacyTreesCT, we understand the importance of safeguarding your investment, which is why we’ve compiled some tips to help you protect your arborvitae from deer damage.

  1. Choose Deer-Resistant Varieties: While no plant is entirely deer-proof, some arborvitae varieties are less appealing to deer than others. Consider selecting cultivars known for their resistance to browsing, such as ‘Emerald Green’ or ‘Green Giant.’ These varieties tend to have thicker foliage and stronger scents, making them less enticing to deer.
  2. Install Physical Barriers: Erecting physical barriers around your arborvitae trees can be an effective way to deter deer. Options include fencing, netting, or deer-resistant wraps. Make sure the barrier extends at least 6 to 8 feet high to prevent deer from jumping over it, as they are skilled leapers.
  3. Apply Repellents: Deer repellents can help discourage deer from feeding on your arborvitae trees. These products typically contain ingredients with strong odors or tastes that deer find unpleasant. Apply repellents according to the manufacturer’s instructions, especially after rainfall or watering, as they may wash away over time.
  4. Plant Companion Plants: Surrounding your arborvitae trees with deer-resistant companion plants can create a buffer zone and make the area less appealing to deer. Consider planting species such as lavender, rosemary, or yarrow, which have scents that deter deer.
  5. Use Scare Tactics: Employing scare tactics, such as motion-activated sprinklers, noise-makers, or reflective objects, can startle deer and discourage them from approaching your arborvitae trees. Rotate scare tactics regularly to prevent deer from becoming accustomed to them.
  6. Create a Deer-Resistant Landscape Design: Designing your landscape with deer-resistant plants and features can help minimize deer damage to your arborvitae trees. Choose plants that are less palatable to deer and incorporate natural barriers, such as thorny shrubs or dense vegetation, to deter them from entering your property.
  7. Regular Monitoring and Maintenance: Keep a close eye on your arborvitae trees for signs of deer damage, such as browsing or broken branches. Promptly prune damaged foliage to promote healthy growth and discourage further feeding by deer.

    At PrivacyTreesCT, we’re committed to helping you protect your arborvitae trees and create a private, tranquil outdoor space. With our selection of high-quality arborvitae varieties and expert advice, you can enjoy the beauty of these magnificent trees without worrying about deer damage. Contact us today to learn more about our deer-resistant options and start enhancing your landscape.