Overabundant deer often contribute to invasive plant spread by eating the native plants. Installing a deer fence to keep deer out of an area where you removed invasives can sometimes be enough to get native plants growing back all on their own.
Deer are overabundant in some places, but not others. Before investing in a fence, find out if deer are impacting your land. This MyWoodlot slideshow walks you through basic woodland plants and features whose presence or absence can help you figure out whether deer are harming your property.
It is illegal to feed wild deer in New York State. You might think you’re giving them a helping hand by putting out corn, or maybe that if you feed them they’ll leave your plants alone. But in reality, you’re harming both the deer and your plants.