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Orange Trees and Sheep or ?
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John C. (ca)    Posted 02-19-2002 at 00:47:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi All:
Got about 2 acres we are going to plant in Orange/Lemon/lime trees and lookin for the easy way to keep the weeds/grass down around them. My question is what animals will eat the grass but not bother the trees? Any thoughts.

Thanks Alot
John C. (ca)


John C. (ca)    Posted 02-21-2002 at 18:06:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for the replies... Just hopping for an easy way out....
Thanks Again


Tom A    Posted 02-19-2002 at 04:46:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
John:

I've got goats and sheep. Goats are definitely *not* what you want--they'll eat grass but will also bark trees in a hurry. Mine have taken out some pretty sizable trees (up to 6"-8" in diameter trunks) before I learned to protect them.

I think some sheep just might be what you're looking for, but be careful about stockage rate. I don't think it will take too many sheep to keep 2 acres clipped, though I think you'll have to cross fence into smaller los to make them efficient. Ours are from a small breed--Finn crosses--that are easy to handle and forage well.

I'm not familiar with how citrus trees might play into your plan, as it is a little cold for them here. But I know there are folks who use sheep in other fruit orchards to reduce maintenance and fertilize, too.

good luck,
Tom


F14...Ummmmm    Posted 02-19-2002 at 11:40:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Stocking rate is about 4 sheep per acre in average conditons.

But.

They'll bark a tree in a Noo Yawk second too, particularly in the spring.

You could wrap the trunk in hardware cloth, but they'll still nibble the tips off anything they can reach.


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