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How can you protect fruit tree seedlings from deer?
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the pink panther    Posted 01-16-2003 at 16:53:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
we are going to plant fruit trees and berry bushes this spring.our deer population in sw mo. is large. the deer eat anything and everything in their path.we are buliding a house, so we are not living at the farm right now, so the dog is no help. any ideas on how to keep the deer from eating $30.00 fruit trees?their not really seedlings but the deer will still damage them. we are going to plant ten or fifteen so a fence is not possible. any help would be appreciated....PP

Ironpeddler    Posted 01-17-2003 at 19:59:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Propane Cannons

Lynch    Posted 01-17-2003 at 08:35:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Circle them with some wire fence, but most of all spread plenty of human urine around...that should help spook them. My dog keeps them out of my garden and away from the stuff we want them away from. Lynch

Tom A (Bkeepr)    Posted 01-17-2003 at 03:10:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Pink P:

The deer here focus on my garden and pretty well leave my fruit trees alone. *But* my goats (pretty close relatives of deer and they act the same sometimes) don't: they love barking trees, especially fruit trees if they can get at them.

I have tried wrapping the trunks in lots of different things ranging from burlap to polyester film to chicken wire. They have foiled everything within a few weeks, usually just days! They are persistent and smart, and I doubt your deer will be any less so.

The only thing that has worked for me for any length of time is a 5-wire electric fence. My orchard is now about 15 trees and growing a few trees every year, so roughly the same size as yours. You can get a solar or battery powered charger until you get power to your place, but in my view a well-built fence will be the only thing to successfully deter the deer...and electric is the cheapest and easiest to put up.

good luck!

Tom A

Salmoneye    Posted 01-17-2003 at 04:03:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Here a couple orchards use the five wire...BUT...they use two full fences of it spaced about 5 foot apart...Deer can and will jump five wire...but once over the first fence they can not get a run to jump the 2nd fence straight on...leave the first fence open to the outside on the ends and the deer can get back out...

Alvin NE WI    Posted 01-16-2003 at 19:43:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
30-06 works real good.

the pink panther    Posted 01-16-2003 at 19:19:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
thanks for the info........PP

Lazy Al    Posted 01-16-2003 at 17:26:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
wrap them in burlap might help
If you go get some human and put it on them
I hear the deer will leave them alone
put some netting over them .
For a few ways

Lazy Al    Posted 01-16-2003 at 17:29:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
I meant to say human hair Grin

Bob/Ont    Posted 01-16-2003 at 17:13:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Wait untill you get the house built and are there all the time before you plant the trees. Then leaving a bale of hay on your place as far from the trees as possible, might distract them.
Later Bob

Sam MI    Posted 01-16-2003 at 17:12:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Pinky; Years ago I planted an area with about thirty trees. I used concrete reinforcing wire with the 6 x 6 openings and cut to make cylinders about three feet across when rolled. I staked these to the ground. I had to use roundup about every other year to keep the grass/weeds controlled. Just removed all of the wire cages last year after about fifteen years of protection. Dang buck came last fall and scraped one tree pretty severly. That one may not survive.

pp    Posted 01-16-2003 at 17:17:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Sam,
the round up won't hurt the trees? We're getting the trees from stark brothers - supposed to start producing in just 2 to 3 years so they must be a pretty good size.

TB    Posted 01-16-2003 at 17:27:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Round up shouldnt hert trees but try to keep the spray away from the leaves just in case.

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