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Q: I planted an aspen tree at our place in cascade last spring and it did great until the deer in the neighborhood started using it for a rub this fall. They have completely taken the bark off of one side of the tree. Should I treat this area or just leave it alone?
A: Ahhh, deer and trees. My suggestion would be to leave the wounded area as is. We used to use a wound dressing on areas like that but it’s been found that we were sealing in more harmful things than we were keeping out and it really wasn’t as beneficial as we originally thought.
We get deer in the city tree nursery that cause us the same grief. We have tried coyote urine, ‘zoo doo’ and wrapping the trees with chicken wire. None of which was ideal. We’re still searching for a solution.
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