deer eating white cedar

I have five huge northern white cedar that are brown without greenery on about the bottom 7 feet. I also found deer scat around the trees, and read on the internet that deer do eat these trees. Will this kill the trees? Will they recover? I am in SW Michigan a few miles in from Lake Michigan. We have had a ton of snow, but from pictures and info on the net, I THINK the brown is from deer. We do have a lot of deer that pass through our yard.
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

Yes, they love cedar; no, the browsing shouldn't kill the trees. However, it does change the way they look, forcing the branching to be higher on the plants than normal. If you can deal with the odd look, you'll be okay. Might I suggest spraying the plants with a deer repellent? Newer ones last up to 6 weeks, so you wouldn't have to reapply that often. Mostly in winter when deer are hungry.


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