Deer can be a costly problem for commercial properties — quickly damaging the landscape you've spent time and money planting and establishing.
Considering one deer can eat over a ton of food each year, the cost for replacement plant materials can be significant. This is especially true when affordable options are available to reduce that feeding damage.
Unfortunately, many products and remedies for deer management are simply ineffective. That is why it is important to discuss the various alternatives with an Arborist Representative to understand what really works. At Bartlett, we use only products tested and proven at our Research Labs.
As deer eat mostly new growth and are quick to adapt, we have found that the best repellent programs are those that use several different products tailored specifically to the season and level of deer pressure.
The application of a heavy film of repellent in autumn, before deer establish feeding patterns, can deter feeding for over 90 days. An additional application may be needed in later winter. During summer, more frequent applications, using a product that leaves no visible residue, are preferred.
Another important option to consider on your property is the selection of plants that deer don't like to eat. This isn't foolproof, but it may help deter deer to other areas where the foraging is better.