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Q.Deer Damage to Holly Bushes

Anonymous added on May 9, 2011 | Answered

I have two large holly bushes that had considerable deer damage done to them this winter. Can I trim now (in the spring), and how far back should I trim them? The front half of each bush is completely stripped of leaves.

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Answered on May 9, 2011

Yes, you can prune it back, but you won't get any berries this year. You can cut the shrub back by a third without harming the plant.

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