[NAFEX] Grow fruit higher than deer can reach?
sam739is at hotmail.com
Fri Mar 28 06:22:04 EST 2003
I don't know about chicken wire stopping the bucks cleaning the velvet off
their antlers. It may only make the bucks like the protective device more
than the unprotected tree. When a buck is determined to cleaning his
antlers, my experience (in Kansas) is that little will deter him.
>From: "del stubbs" <pinewoodel at hotmail.com>
>Reply-To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
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>Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Grow fruit higher than deer can reach?
>Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2003 19:55:57 +0000
>My origional idea 5 years ago was to grow a one acre orchard that the deer
>pruned. However, I could see no way to grow the trees above deer's reach
>without fencing them first, so I did this last fall. The trees were in
>chicken wire cages till then, they are about 6' tall.
>Then I thought about being 70 years old and climbing up a 16' 3-legged
>ladder on a steep hillside.........and decided to prune 'em closer to the
>I still have plenty of flat land suitable to tall apples so am interested
>in the tall tree tubes, didn't know there were 6' ones. My thoughts about
>'skinny tree weakness' (caused by a tree not waving in the wind) would be
>to double stake it once it is 8', and slowly let out the binder that wraps
>the tree between the stakes. No?
>I think chicken wire would stop any velvet rubbing / trunk chewing deer.
>Wouldn't a wash in a weak clorox type solution rid any dropps from e.coli?
>One post commnented that cattle are good for an apple tree, isn't their
>soil compaction a real problem?
>A useful thread, Del
>Del Stubbs www.pinewoodforge.com ag zone2/3
>>From: Rick Valley <bamboogrove at cmug.com>
>>Reply-To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
>>To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
>>Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Grow fruit higher than deer can reach?
>>Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2003 20:18:47 -0700
>> > So, what's your opinion? Possible? Practical or impractical?
>>If you can create a mini-bramble thicket around the young trees, they will
>>grow with a better form and less deer damage on the way to being savannah
>>climax trees- this is essentially what you can see happening in untended
>>And the final result will be what you see in many pastures; cows are
>>actually quite good at increasing fertility in the shade of a (HUGE) apple
>>And tagging back to fruit trees for timber- you'll get a 6-8ft saw log in
>>It'll work quite well until we successfully reintroduce elephants to N.
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