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December 24, 2012

Protect Vulnerable Shrubs from Deer Damage

Gail Ruhl, Sr. Plant Disease Diagnostician, Plant & Pest Diagnostic Lab

Most evergreens (pines, arborvitae, spruce, and fir) will not grow new foliage to fill the empty void once the green leaves or needles have been removed from the stems. Take preventative measures before your arborvitae have been nibbled from the ground to a height of 6 to 8 feet by hungry deer! Consider the use of a physical or chemical barrier such as discussed on the following IDNR website
http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/2718.htm.

 

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Arborvitae damage

Arborvitae damage

Photo by Jeff Burbrink

Purdue Plant & Pest Diagnostic Lab Purdue Cooperative Extension Service