Watterson Tree Farm – Privacy Screen Trees for Sale

Order privacy screen material now for March and April delivery! Contact us for current prices and availability for full loads as of 03/08/2014. We are a wholesale tree nursery with locations in NC, VA, and a partner location near Atlanta, GA. Our primary customer base is in NY, especially Long Island, Hamptons, CT, NJ, MA, RI, PA and VA. At Watterson Tree Farm, we have privacy trees like the Thuja Green Giant, the Yoshino Cryptomeria, the Magnolia, and Leyland Cypress trees for sale. Every tree at our tree farm acts as a good screen tree that can handle wet areas; Hollies are also good screen privacy trees for shady areas.

Wholesale trees, $2,500min order.

email us at leylandgd@yahoo.com
or call David Watterson at 240-498-8054 before 8 am or after 6 pm

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The pictured below are of seven foot Thuja Green Giants that we planted on a customer’s site.

Deer Resistant Tree

 Order privacy screen material now for Spring delivery! Contact us for special discounts for full loads as of 02/03/2014. more lead time is required for Partial loads so contact us ASAP!

The most popular privacy trees are Leyland Cypress, Yoshino Cryptomeria and Thuja Green Giant due to their rapid growth characteristic. Thuja Green Giant is the most deer resistant of these. Let’s discuss deer damage and trees, as well as why having deer resistant trees are important. There are many deer on all of our tree farms. In fact, I am an avid deer hunter, and we do things to attract deer. I hunt on the same farms where we grow trees, and there is no damage due to deer eating the trees. The only damage is an occasional mark on the trunk of a tree or two where a buck has rubbed, and that occurs in October during the rut or breeding period. Just because you see deer in your area does not mean you need deer resistant trees. I see deer out our front window every morning at our home in Frederick, MD, and the only damage comes from them eating flowers in our yard at night.

I have heard people say "deer ate our trees and it wasn't even a bad winter". They were thinking about lots of snow being a bad winter. Deep snow does make it tough for deer to eat their primary winter food: acorns. Deer sometimes struggle for food in years when there is a poor acorn harvest or mast crop even when there is no snow. This can be caused by a dry summer right when the oaks were starting to produce acorns. I have seen acorns dropping early at less than half-size. In some areas, oaks can only produce a complete crop every other year due to poor nutrients in the soil; this is called "alternate bearing".

So a deer's first choice is to eat acorns in fall and winter, unless of course there are farmers’ fields around with corn and soybeans that are not yet harvested. Even in snow, deer and wild turkeys both dig in the snow and uncover acorns for food. A deer’s next choice for food are the ends of twigs growing low enough to reach, vines and especially Honey Suckle. Deer will nibble on Leyland Cypress after the acorns are gone, and when the tasty twigs and vines have been picked over.

Leyland Cypress trees are not a deer's favorite food, but they also cannot be considered deer resistant trees. Way up the list on deer's menu would be Nellie Stevens hollies, and also an Arborvitae called Emerald Green. Deer will pass by 500 feet of Leyland Cypress to eat on Emerald Green Arborvitae. Those are the Arborvitaes that have been described as "soldiers standing in a field", after deer have eaten them they are shaped like a shapely woman’s figure, because deer first eat out the section right at their mouth level, producing an hourglass figure. Sometimes from there the damage advances to where they are stripped from the ground to as high as the deer can reach.

As far as deer damaging Leyland Cypress, if there is any hunting available in your area, like where I live, deer may sneak in at night and nibble a little but it will not be extensive. The risk again in only in winter, deer prefer grass and clover if available all summer, the acorns when available, vines and finally may nibble on your Cypress. Deer also will do little damage to large Leyland Cypress. If you start by planting 25' Leylands or if you start with 14' Leyland’s and spray the lower limbs in winter only with deer repellant until they reach 25' they will not receive much deer damage.

Deer like the tender new growth which is on the upper part of a tree, so a newly planted 6' tall privacy row will be most vulnerable in the first year since deer can reach the upper half. In summary, every customer that sees deer on their property does not have to pick a deer resistant tree variety. Deer are plentiful in the fields where all of our varieties grow and they never eat our trees. There are plenty of woods, acorns and vines for them. If you see deer on your property and they are eating other plants in your yard, you probably should pick our Thuja Green Giant to be safe.

Thuja Green Giant arborvitae makes an excellent privacy screen, and they work great as a deer resistant tree. Space these trees properly based on the "rule of fours.” If your target height at maturity is 24 feet tall, divide by four and space at six feet on center. Then follow through and top them back to twenty four when they reach about twenty six feet tall. It has green foliage, a broad pyramidal habit, and requires full to 3/4 sun.

Thuja Green Giant have the reputation of being the most deer resistant of Arborvitae. David Watterson recommends these for the Hamptons on Long Island due to the deer resistant quality and being cold hardy through zone 5, which is one zone colder than Leylands (zone 6). This could be an advantage if there was an extreme winter during the first year after planting. The Thuja Green Giant is a great tree to consider if you have heavy deer traffic on your property and they are currently eating other plants there. Thuja Green Giants are similar to Leyland Cypress in growth rate but deer don't prefer Green Giants for food. Below is a picture of me standing next to a row of Thuja Green Giants planted alternatively with Leyland Cypress in the Hamptons of Long Island, NY. You can see deer ate the Leyland Cypress but left the deer resistant Thuja Green Giants un-damaged.   


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