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Trees and Deer Damage in Westchester

Deer damage in Westchester is not unheard of due to the high population in the area.  Westchester Tree Life’s tree care professionals are here to assist you in assessing the damage to your trees and providing a custom plant health care plan moving forward.  If you need immediate tree care, call Westchester Tree Life today:  (914) 238-0069

Deer Damage Westchester County

These seemingly innocuous visitors are more harmful than you may think!

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From early September throughout November, deer rub their antlers on trees to shed their summer velvet, mark their scent to attract doe (female deer) and claim their perimeter; this season is referred to as rutting season.  During the rutting season (also known as the mating season for deer), you may notice bark stripped from the perimeter of your tree.  Westchester County is known for having a high deer population and deer often revisit the same place each year to claim their territory; each rutting process lasts approximately 24 hours.

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Trees in Danger of Deer Damage

Maple, Magnolia, Birch, and Bald Cypress trees are especially susceptible to deer damage, and can quickly be reduced to stubs.  Deer damage is especially stressful to young trees with smooth bark.  Deer damage to your trees can impact your landscape as well as decrease your property value.

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Identifying Factors of Deer Damage to Trees

When identifying deer damage to trees, look for a shredding of bark ranging from one foot above the ground to three or four feet high; underlying wood will be exposed.  When a deer has damaged the entire circumference of a tree, the tree is said to be “girdled”.  Trees which are girdled often die due to the inability to transport water and nutrients. Trees which have experienced vertical damage often survive, though the growth on that side may be stunted.  Due to the high rate of deer in Westchester, it is advised to check your trees often.

Deer Browsing

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Deer also damage trees by browsing on tree seedlings, tree shrubs and climbers from late fall to early spring.  This reduces stem densities, limits height growth and reduces foliage density, which makes for a more open understorey.

Fall Tree Care

The needs of your trees change with the seasons, and fall tree care is no exception.  Altering your landscaping regiment to prepare for the upcoming winter weather not only helps to ensure the health of your tree, but the prevention of property damage and danger.

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A healthy tree branch vs. a weak tree branch.

A certified arborist should assess your trees for weak branches which may break due to the pressure of snow and ice.  Your certified arborist will then explain which branches need to be pruned for safety and overall tree-health.

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Bark inclusions in the branch union indicates a weak point.
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New England’s renowned autumn foliage is beautiful!

If needed, a certified arborist can lighten the weight of branches which are weak and too heavy, or pose a possible threat to your property.  Reducing the length of a branch will reduce the weight, lessening the pressure, therefore securing your tree.