|I purchased an apple tree at one of your stores last fall. I planted it in my yard and over the winter a deer ate some of the bark off the bottom stock or the trunk about half the bark.My question is:the tree is starting to leaf out,will the trunk decay-rot or get deseied ? what should i do to the apple tree-will it be ok if i just leave it alone? THANKS FOR YOUR HELP ON THIS MATTER.
|Answer from NGA
April 7, 2010
|How disappointing for you! It is possible that the tree will survive and will callous over the wound. Don't dress the wound with anything - just leave it alone for now. Late this summer place a tree guard over the trunk of your tree. These are perforated hard plastic wraps that you unwind and place over the trunk of a tree. It allows fresh air in and room for rainwater to drain but will effectively keep deer and other critters from chewing on the bark. Hope the critters go elsewhere to feast!
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