Deer rubs are created when a male deer rubs his forehead and antlers against the base of a tree. In late summer and early fall rubs are usually made by bucks rubbing the velvet off their newly acquired antlers. This can permanently disfigure or even kill young trees prohibiting nutrients to get to the tree through the trunk. Peeling bark can also allow pests and diseases to invade the tree. This typically happens to saplings and young trees around 4 inches in diameter.
This unsightly damage of your trees can be prevented by installing protective fencing or rubber tubing around the trunk of the tree. Make sure the fencing/tubing is at least 5 feet high and leave it up throughout the winter to protect the trunk. The Farm recommends using our plastic tree guard which is reasonably priced and easy to install.