I bought a house in Hudson, NY in November. The previous owners had screened it from the trailer park next-door with a row of Arborvitae. They're maybe twelve feet tall, and they'd already suffered some deer damage the previous year. This winter, 2014-15, the deer simply turned the whole row into a salad bar. I tried to fence, but they just laughed at my efforts.
The damage is pretty bad. Should I prune back to the growth line, if I can figure out where that is? Could I just let the trees keep growing and plant something more deer resistant at the base? Suggestions?
I'm 61 and haven't lived in the house since I was 18, so I'm really on new territory here. Any help will be greatly appreciated!