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4 Effective Strategies for Safeguarding Your Trees from Rodents and Deer

Trees bring pleasure and numerous benefits to homeowners but can also attract various animals that can cause damage. Squirrels, deer, and other wildlife may be enjoyable to watch but can also harm your trees. Protecting your trees from these creatures is essential to prevent lasting damage. 

In this article, we discuss four methods for safeguarding your trees without causing harm to these animals.

1. Barriers: Creating Boundaries for Your Trees

Establishing physical boundaries is one way to protect your trees from unwanted visitors. While perimeter fences can be expensive and ineffective against some animals, there are more cost-efficient alternatives. Consider using wire fencing with a camouflaging hedge, ensuring the bottom portion has a finer mesh to deter rodents. 

Alternatively, you can place individual protective barriers around the trunks of your trees, such as wire mesh or adjustable tree guards. Adjust these as your tree grows and ensure they suit the specific animals you are trying to deter.

2. Startling Objects: Scaring Away Wildlife

Scarecrows and fake owls have long been used to deter pests from gardens. Similarly, shiny objects that move and create noise can help keep animals away from your trees. Consult your arborist before attaching anything to your trees, and consider placing wind chimes or motion-activated devices nearby to startle potential tree-damaging wildlife.

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3. Repellents: Eco-Friendly Protection for Your Trees

Natural, plant-based repellents offer an environmentally friendly way to protect your trees from rodents and other animals. Using these products protects your trees, the surrounding habitat, and your pets from potentially harmful chemicals.

4. Chemical Repellents: A Last Resort for Tree Protection

If natural repellents prove, insufficient, chemical repellents can be used to protect your trees. Read product information carefully and take precautions to prevent accidental pet exposure.

Consult a Certified Arborist for Expert Tree Care

Animals can cause significant harm to your trees before you notice the issue. Certified arborists can help maintain the health and beauty of your property by providing personalized tree care and services.

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