In the late summer and early fall, male deer are in velvet. In order to remove the velvet from their antlers, the bucks rub against tree trunks. They usually choose trees from 1-2″ in diameter which can fit between their antlers. The rubbing creates wounds on the trunk of the tree, making it more susceptible to disease and decay. You can protect your saplings by installing a few posts and fencing around them. Typically, once the tree trunk has reached 3″ in diameter the bucks won’t rub it anymore.
If you see deer damage on your property, be sure to call your Tamke Tree Expert to set up a remediation and nutrition program for your trees.