Deer Eating Rhododendrons - Knowledgebase Question

Mountaintop, PA
Question by llidino
January 16, 2000
The deer have successfully stripped every leaf and bud from my rhododendrons, is there anything I can do to save them or are they hopeless?

Answer from NGA
January 16, 2000


The shrubs should be able to recover next spring, but will not bloom since the flower buds are gone. You will need to take steps to protect them (and neighboring plants) from further damage, since deer seem to be creatures of habit and will continue to browse the same area again and again. You need to consider a fence (in my sad experience the most effective long term protection) or you may have success using repellent sprays. I'm sorry about your shrubs!

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