[permaculture] electric fence?
mpludwig at facstaff.wisc.edu
Sun Oct 27 22:15:07 EST 2002
At 08:31 AM 10/27/02 -0600, you wrote:
> >> Shouldn't be too hard to set something up that you could raise as the
>tree grew, possibly with some offset wires to cover the trees as they
>A good thought. I'm curious now about power sources (p.v.?) and costs.
PV energizers are available from all major manufacturers, 110v gets you
more power and could have features like a computer that adjusts voltage out
put to compensate for weed load and a remote control that will turn the
fencer off through the wire for about $1000 US. Output is listed in
joules, 6 or better controls almost anything. I strongly recommend buying
a good quality low impedance type charger if you are getting into electric
fence and plenty of ground rods (1- 2.5 meter/ 8 foot rod per 2
joules). This and good attention to detail when installing a fence make it
a pleasure to use and a real time saver.
>Also what about some sort of distracting cover crop? What's preffered
>browse for deer - briar?
Deer are creatures of the edge in the ecosystem, and PC makes lots of edge
type habitat. I think we simply need to design for them and use fence
and/or dogs to keep them off some things. Eating them makes a lot of sense
too. The cover crops may well end up balancing their diet of browse and
make the area more attractive. Certainly any plan bears watching.
>We put out lots of crimson clover and grain crops and it really kept the
>rabbits and grass hoppers off of our fruit trees. Those trees standing
>alone (i.e. in one of our wicks) were hammered by leaf-hoppers.
I had a row of buckwheat and white clover running with the trees. This
really seemed to keep the pest insects down, I think by providing a good
nectar source for predatory insects. Any one have nice red flowered
buckwheat seed or large variety?
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