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By Tom Kalb
NDSU Extension horticulturist 

Dakota Gardener: Protecting trees from Bambi


December 4, 2023

Deer are very active now. They are moving around, scraping bark and munching on trees in our landscapes and orchards.

My epic battle versus Bambi was in a college orchard in Bismarck.

Two days after planting 60 trees, our team of gardeners visited the orchard to give the trees a drink of water.

It was shocking. Every tree was pruned by hungry deer. Everyone got mad – but not me.

I don’t get...

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