Voles damage to apple trees
Last spring we planted 5 bare root apple trees. Today I went to do some minimal pruning and take a look at them. 4 are doing well. 1 had extensive damage- a lot of sawdust under the snow (there's a foot or more of snow around them right now); fully girded; and poop that looked like mouse poop mixed in with the sawdust. I'm assuming this is vole damage.
I'm assuming the one tree is lost and will need to be replanted. Do I need to be worried about the other 4? If so, will putting down a vole repellant be enough to protect them? (there's currently quite a bit of snow so there's not much else I can do) Can we replant the one we lost in the same location this spring? Or would it be better to wait a season so the voles move on?