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Deer Attack!

Posted by MFIX BUF, NY z6 (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 27, 14 at 17:17

Hey all,

I had a viburnum and rose bush mown down by deer this winter (or could be bunnies too). My question is how do I prune the plants to get them looking right again? My viburnum is extremely exaggerated on one side, and I know that pruning these can be tricky or downright unadvisable, so what do I do? As far as the rose bush goes, I just want to even it out with its partner on the other side of the viburum, just wanted to know if anyone had any thoughts on the roses too, or any cautions. I know everyone has their own personal deer and rabbit repellent ideas, but any thoughts on those would be helpful too. I have used Plantskyyd as well as liquid fence. I didnt liquid fence in the winter because it was downright miserable out there this year. I will need to put up a "real" fence next winter, huh. Thx.


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RE: Deer Attack!

I know that pruning these can be tricky or downright unadvisable, so what do I do?

==>>> prune them back into shape ... whomever said it was unadvisable.. has no understanding of shrubs.. on any level ...

the only issue with the rose is whether it was grafted ... what type it is ...

google: rejuvenation pruning of flowering shrubs... and read thru a few links ... and come on back with some more specific questions ...

some pix.. will get you answers worth reading ... specific to your plants ...

i suggest you try the GW search up just below the top banner on the right ... for the deer issue ... i believe you might find a couple thousand posts about our beloved deer ...

finally ... if you do go to the extent of a fence for deer.. insure you build the right kind.. 6 to 8 feet at a min ...

ken


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RE: Deer Attack!

Ken,

Thanks, not sure if grafted or not, but the roses are the "knockout" variety sold at lowes and home depot, and the viburnum is a doublefile. Pics coming soon.


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