deer damage to shrubs

dahlia6(6)March 10, 2014

We live in Western Maryland mountains where we had heavy snow . We didn't notice until too late that deer were eating every leaf on our shrubs that they could see. They even dug up groundcover to eat. They stripped laurels, rhodies, azaleas, acubas etc. Is there hope that these shrubs will live?

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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

Leaves will likely be replaced this spring, but if the pressure from deer is constant, plants won't have a chance to recover.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2014 at 11:33AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

most plants have the ability to rebud and grow ...

what they end up looking like.. becomes another issue ...

all you can do.. is wait until they either start growing.. or dont ...

if they do bud out.. with no insult to the root mass ... you might be surprised how well they bounce back ...

but.. some types of plants.. like some conifers.. will not rebud ...

ken

    Bookmark   March 10, 2014 at 12:05PM
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furnitureshopper

Approaching our fourth summer in the house, and suddenly deer have discovered the yard. The worst damage is to 10 mature Indian hawthorns, which seem to get smaller and have fewer leaves each day. The azaleas are also showing some damage. This is my first experience with deer, so I don't know if this will run its course or if the deer will continue to eat and ultimately kill the plants. Unfortunately the hawthorns are among the few shrub varieties left in the yard that the voles haven't killed. It didn't take long to understand why the seller had so many new shrubs planted just prior to listing the house.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2014 at 2:54PM
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