[NAFEX] covering cherries, fruit bags questions
William C. Garthright
billg at inebraska.com
Wed May 7 23:50:46 EDT 2008
> If you securely tie the netting right to the trunk, will that keep
> raccoons out? Or do they just rip it apart and proceed with their
> feasting? Apart from eating the fruit, they wreck the trees by
> climbing out to the end of branches and breaking them.
Has anyone tried an electric fence - a pet/small animal fence, not a
high-powered cattle fence - to keep raccoons and other critters from
their trees? I'm starting to set one up here.
My backyard is surrounded by a chainlink fence, and I've already covered
that with chickenwire to keep the rabbits out. So I'm running a strand
of electric wire along the top. The squirrels might be smart enough -
and agile enough - to avoid it, but I'd think it would definitely work
for raccoons and opossums.
I've got some trees outside the fence, too, but I thought I'd put up a
short, temporary fence around them, with an electric wire at the top.
The fence is mainly to keep the electric wire away from the grassy
vegetation, and to force the animals to climb. But if you were just
worried about raccoons, you might be able to just fasten insulators to
the trunk itself. Raccoons don't jump, do they? If they just climb the
trunk, that would be a pretty simple way to discourage them.
Admittedly, my trees are very small. When they get larger, it will
almost certainly get harder to keep the squirrels out (and out of the
backyard, too). They're so very agile, after all. But I'd think an
electric wire would work very well for raccoons. Has anyone tried it?
Lincoln, NE (zone 5)
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