I'll tell my story with peach trees. I bought very expensive peach trees cause they were tall and I thought the deer couldn't reach up to get the leaves. I was right but still lost half of them. They girdled them getting velvet off the antlers. I think the term is scraping. That was an expensive lesson.
Regardless if they eat the leaves, protect the bark.
Sometimes the answer is nothing
posted 4 years ago
I'm planting enough (1,000 or so) that some scraping won't be a big deal, it's mostly the browse on larch that I am curious about, especially in the northeast.
Twisted Tree Farm and Nursery
In my experience, deer will eat anything if they are hungry. Even things that deer supposedly don't eat. My deer never read the book I guess...
Perversely, my deer seem to have a definite preference for new stuff I have planted.
Anyway, now, all the new transplants get a tree tube. Pretty much eliminates the problem, AND the trees grow noticeably faster. It's a couple bucks per tree. If you buy a hundred, they are $2.25 a pop. Even in low numbers, they are 2.65 ea. I use re-rod for the stake.