The Q&A Archives: Rabbits are eating my apple trees.

Question: My two apple trees have been badly damaged by rabbits this winter. The bark is missing completely of the trunks and lower branches,also they have severe dep bite marks. I have put prunning seal on them with tree tape. I also bought rabbit repel. Is there something else that I could do to save these trees?

Answer: Rabbits are a serious problem and unfortunately it sounds like your trees have been damaged very severely and probably beyond hope. In the future, the best defense is to cage the base of the trees in wire mesh (hardware cloth) keeping the mesh several inches out from the trunk of the tree and running it high enough to protect the trees even if there is deep snow. (The rabbits can sometimes climb on top of snow to reach up into the trees.) Be sure to check the collar to make sure it does not girdle the tree as it grows. I'm sorry about your trees.

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