Month: May 2019

How To Keep Deer From Damaging Your Trees and Garden

If you are a gardener, then you know the threat that deer pose to your plants and trees. Sure, they are wonderful to look at when they come wandering into your yard, but if you have tender young trees or delicious vegetables, they can make quick work of them.

Damage to trees is most problematic because deer can chomp large amounts of leaves and twigs from young trees, particularly the young shoots of maple and walnut trees.  This can stunt, and potentially kill, the tree if enough foliage is removed. Damaged or weakened branches can be an open invitation to disease and pests.

The best strategy to protect your trees, plants, and gardens is to keep deer guessing and to implement a variety of methods to keep deer away from your trees and plants.

Deer Repellent

Use deer repellents to keep deer away from trees and plants in Ann Arbor, MI

Deer repellents often come in spray bottles and use an assortment of deer (and human) deterring smells to keep deer at bay. Most repellents work by using a combination of smell and taste deterrents. Spray deer repellent on and around the plants you want to protect. The key to deer repellent is being consistent. Deer repellents typically only last a few days or until the rain washes it away. In order to maintain full protection, you’ll need to re-apply regularly.

Scare Them Off

You may have tried every method under the sun to deter deer, such as resorting to pie tins for sound or blank CDs for reflective lights. But these methods don’t work. As soon as the deer realize these things are harmless, they will ignore them while they chomp on your raspberry plants.

Motion activated sprinklers are one of the methods to keep deer from damaging your trees & plants in Livonia, MI


One method that works is using motion-activated sprinklers. Not only is there an audio deterrent but a physical one that will definitely get the deer’s attention. Move the sprinkler to a new location every few days to keep them on their toes.


Keeping a radio in your garden at night also works great. Tune in to a talk radio station and the deer will steer clear. Make sure you live in an area where the noise won’t bother your neighbors. To keep the deer guessing, move the radio around and change the station every once in a while. Place a laundry basket upside down over the radio to keep rain and dew off.

Plant Deer Repellent Plants

Deer are very sensitive to smell and taste. That’s why when something tastes good they will eat as much as they can, causing extensive damage. There are a variety of plants and herbs that you can plant around your trees and garden plants to protect them from hungry deer, such as lavender, catmint, garlic, and chives.

Trees are only vulnerable to deer when they are young. Once their leaves and branches are out of reach of hungry deer, they are in the clear.
For help with tree trimming, planting, or removal call the pros at PPM Tree Service at (877) 454-8733 or leave us a message on our site.

A Guide To Spring Tree And Shrub Care

Spring has sprung here in Michigan and now is one of the best times of year to head outside to begin preparing your landscape for a lush, healthy growing season. Your trees and shrubs play a vital role in the health and appearance of your landscape, so protecting and providing them with what they need this spring should be at the top of your to-do list!

Here is your guide to spring tree and shrub care and six things you need to know to provide your trees and shrubs with what they need to thrive this growing season!

Inspect Your Trees And Shrubs

Now is the prime time to head outside and perform a thorough inspection of your trees and shrubs. They’re still (mostly) bare so if there are any problems, they will stand out and be significantly easier to identify. The three main things you want to look for are deadwood, diseases, and pests. If you find one of these things on your trees and shrubs, you will want to mark them and take the next step.

Prune your trees and shrubs to promote healthy growth in Farmington Hills, MI

Prune And Trim As Needed

Once you’ve identified any dead, diseased, or pest infested areas on your trees and shrubs, it’s time to take the next step: prune and trim as needed. Proper pruning and trimming will put a stop to the spread of any further damage caused by diseases or pests, all while promoting good, healthy growth. It even improves the aesthetics of your landscape!

Add Mulch

Mulch works as a security blanket, protecting the important organic matter trees need beneath the soil. Mulch also protects your trees and shrubs from weeds which, if allowed to grow, can steal essential nutrients from the plant’s root systems. The mulch will prevent the weeds from receiving sunlight and water, smothering them and keeping them below the surface. Lastly, mulch aids in moisture conservation, which is critical for your trees and shrubs once the weather warms up and drought season draws near.

Properly watering trees and shrubs is essential for their development in Ann Arbor MI

Water Properly

If the spring has been a dry one, you will want to water your trees and shrubs deeply and you’ll want to do so as needed. If you’ve mulched around the plants, you will be able to tell how dry the soil is based on how dry the mulch is. Proper watering is essential for the development of the root system, leaves, and shoots, so be sure to check if watering is needed early and often.

Keep It Clean

No matter the season, you will always want to ensure that the landscaped beds and areas around your trees and shrubs are clean and clear of leaves, weeds, and debris. This will protect your trees and shrubs while providing them with room to receive the important nutrients that are critical to their growth and development.

Call The Professionals

The best thing you can do for your trees and shrubs this spring is to call the professionals at PPM. Our team of experts has over 10 years of experience in providing a full range of tree and shrub care services. We have what it takes to provide your landscape with everything it needs to thrive this growing season.

Contact us here, or give us a call at (877) 454-8733 to hear more about our tree and shrub care services. We can help! Call us today!

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