I live in Minnesota and the deer have scraped the bark off of my maples this last winter. What should I do? I did cover them with plastic wrap for trees but they tore right through it. I am either going to buy plastic tubes or use the excess chicken wire I have to protect from further damage. However, the bark is torn, badly in some places, should I paint over the sores?
How to Repair Trees Damaged by Deer
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
No, you should not cover or seal the wounds. This can trap disease into the wounds and make matters worse.
Chicken wire will work best to keep them off. If you have not read it, this article will help: