The Q&A Archives: Animal Eating Tree Bark

Question: We think it might be rabbits, but, it may not - something is gnawing at our NEWLY planted trees - we have a Patmore Ash and a Sunset Red Maple - how can we prevent the trees from being gobbled up before they have a chance to mature?

Answer: It might be a rabbit. The best protection is fine wire mesh such as hardware cloth shaped into a cylinder and set around but not touching the trunks. Add a ring of mesh just under soil level spreading outward as well to discourage smaller tunneling rodents later in the winter. You can cover the horizontal mesh with a thin layer of gravel as additional discouragement. Finally, make sure the wire is tall enough to foil a rabbit standing on tiptoe on top of snow - - and be sure to expand it as the trees grow.

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