Deer & Vole Damage

In many areas, we see a great deal of damage from both deer and voles throughout the winter months.
How can you recognize this type of damage?

Deer: Where deer populations are too high, you will see evidence of leaves and twigs 
disappearing on numerous plants from the ground up to 5-6’ high. It usually begins in late fall through winter as other food sources disappear. However, the worst areas can be hit year round. Deer seem to prefer Yew, Cedar, Holly (mostly evergreens) and the tender buds from many other landscape trees and shrubs.

Solutions:
• For new landscaping, choose deer resistant plants.
• Place netting over plants for protection.
• Use deer repellents sprays.
• Work with the Department of Natural Resources to introduce ways
of reducing the deer population.
• Erect deer fencing.

Voles: Typically property owners do not notice that voles are destroying their prized trees/shrubs because they like to feed on the bark of the plant that’s out-of-sight. The damage will always be at the base of the tree or on the limbs/trunk of some plants as the snow begins to cover them giving the voles the privacy they like. In most cases, we receive a call in the spring that the tree/shrub is not looking very well. By that time, the damage is done and very often we have to remove it and replace it, costing our clients hundreds of dollars.

Solutions:
• Keep ground cover 6-12” from the trunks of trees/shrubs.
• Do not pile mulch above the root flare of trees/shrubs.
• Monitor your landscape in fall and winter for early
signs of damage.
• Use well placed bait and traps.

Both Deer and Voles can be difficult to control.
If you suspect either of these issues on your property, contact us immediately. We will send an arborist out to help you develop a realistic plan to gain back control of your landscape. Do not hesitate…your investment could be at risk.