White pine seedlings: how to fix missing terminal buds
I planted 26 white pine seedlings and discovered that about half have had their terminal buds browsed by deer. The trees are two years old (maybe they are no longer called seedlings at this point?).
Is there a suggested way to best salvage these trees?
I'm thinking something like choosing a healthy-looking side branch and splint it vertically. But I've never done this before and wondered if there was a "proper" way to do it.
Or perhaps a better alternative?