Deer can cause a lot of damage to your yard and landscape – especially in the fall. Deer control is one of the most popular and frequently requested services at Paradise Landscaping & Hardscapes right now. We can help reduce the presence of deer in and around the edges of your property. But how do you know that you’ll need our services in the first place? Deer are quite active in the fall. They leave behind traces of damage that may be confused with pest animal damage at times. In any case, it’s better to be safe than sorry! The following are some common signs of deer damage in your yard.
Early Indications of Damage
You use ornamental plants to improve the look of your lawn, garden, and landscaping. Unfortunately, they are a major food source for deer. Because they consume the buds, leaves, and stems, this depletes the plants of what they require to live. Deer are known to hang out in farms, orchards, nurseries, and residential neighborhoods. When the lower branches on trees begin to disappear, there are likely deer in the area. Arborvitae is particularly prone to this type of damage. Twigs and stems will appear to have been aggressively pruned as a result of the damage.
The Problem of Antler Rubbing
Deer engage in a behavior known as antler rubbing, which is a habit. Their antlers are covered in velvet, which is quite unpleasant for them. The rubbing affects the growth of animal antlers, as well as tree trunks and limbs. The velvet is used to assist mature bucks (male deer) in growing larger antlers. The normal breeding season is fall, therefore the velvet begins to shed at this time. This process aids in the polishing of the antlers before they are detached and dropped in midwinter. Deer rubs are small trees’ prominent locations where deer rub their antlers against the bark, removing it from the tree until only hardwood remains. This damage is permanent, and many times will diminish the health of the tree.
Managing Deer on Your Property
Deterring deer with repellents or scare devices is one way to go. Deer control is simpler if the deer can’t link your yard with a convenient eating spot. In the fall, once deer have adjusted to several noises, you may switch between these approaches as needed. Once deer are used to a particular sound, they cease ignoring it. If there was little damage over the summer, you may not have noticed; as winter draws near, it will become more obvious. Temporary fencing, permanent fencing, and tree guards can all help. However, if none of these solutions work, it’s time to call the experts!
Paradise Landscape and Hardscapes in Annapolis, MD
We’ve been in business for decades in our home town of Annapolis. We are a small business independently run and service Anne Arundel County and parts of the Eastern Shore. From trimming and pruning to total lawn care and property maintenance during the growing season, we have the team of Annapolis landscape professionals here for you to put your mind at ease. A few of our lawn care services are:
- Weekly Lawn Mowing Services
- Customized Fertilization Programs
- Sod Installation
- Complete Lawn Restoration
No matter how large or small the scope of work is, our goal remains the same – to ensure that each customer is happy. Every member of our team consistently provides professionalism, reliable construction, and top-notch quality to exceed your expectations. In fact, you’ll see me (Michael Clautice) on every job site!
My passion for perfection is what keeps our companies’ standards of excellence set so high! I truly love what I do — let Team Paradise to your dirty work.
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