Believe it or not, the health of your landscape is an important part of preventing flooding in your home and on your property. Trees and shrubs prevent soil erosion and provide stablity to the slope away from structures and dwellings. This winter, don’t forget to ensure your plants are safe from intrusion and destruction by deer.
The best overall strategy for protecting your trees and shrubs from animal browsing is to reduce areas of habitat and erect physical barriers to prevent them from getting to your plants.
4 tips to help you minimize deer damage to your shrubs and trees this winter.
- Use Stacks of Chopped Wood as Barriers to Your Favorite Trees- Deer don’t like climbing steep slopes or barriers, so this is a great way to encourage them to move on to more accessible opportunities.
2. Plant Deer-Resistant Shrubs as a Perimeter Around Your Property- Bayberry, Boxwood, Sweet Box, Ginko, and Mahonia are some of their least favorite shrubs, so these make great perimeter plantings.
3. Use Deer Repellents and Deterrents Early On- Deer are very smart and have a good memory. If they come along investigating and find your yard unattractive, it’s likely they won’t try again any time soon.
4. Make Your Trees a Stressful Place- Deer don’t like sudden noises, and some people use windchimes as a deterrent to keep deer from using their trees as rubbing posts. While deer are smart and may adjust to the noises, they will not prefer to be in a place where a variety of noises can occur unexpectedly. Use several windchimes with a variety of sounds like metal, wood, and “tinkling” of bells to cause the deer to startle and move along.
If you experience a flooding event this winter, contact the team at Pioneer Restoration for help. We will work with your insurance and/or private pay to make sure your home is comfortable and safe. We care about our community and our neighbors.