Thanks, John! Those dense woods are actually swamplands. They back up to the Intracoastal Waterway about ½ mile in. And yes . . . we get some ‘visitors’. Less these days, since there was a tongue disease of some kind that effectively thinned out our deer population. To be honest, though, we have lived on this property for 30 years - and I’ve never had a problem with anything rubbing or eating my trees or gardens - other than birds and squirrels. Maybe there is so much else for them to eat in the wetlands? A farmer puts in soybeans in our back field each summer. And there is always lots of clover and lespedeza. Bamboo. And the few deer who venture onto the property seem quite content to graze out there.
I’ve spotted several nutria, though - who will ‘have to go’ if I see them again. No rabbits. Because we have owls, hawks and an occasional bald eagle. Fox too. And rumors of coyotes and bear. But, I’ve never seen any.
I ordered some wraps for the trunks, just in case rodents want to nest and nibble. They are vinyl with little vents. I am prepared to triple-stake and wrap with some kind of wire enclosure, if necessary. Any other suggestions?
On East, North, and NorthWest we are surrounded by swampy stuff. There is a 2-3 acre man-made pond, which was dug to build a road, and then used as irrigation for the melon field that used to be here - (now filled with bass and other fish that the birds provided over the years!). And that is on our Western border. The front of the property - south - is off a heavily traveled road - and farmettes across the street. Sub-divisions with 3 acre lots close by. Semi-rural.
A coveted area to live - until you spend some time ‘out here in the peaceful country’ . . . because there is a US Navy airfield just down the street - and the noise is DEAFENING. They seem to fly and practice their touch-downs (and I am not kidding) as soon as I walk out my door to spend some time in my garden. These are my ears’ best friend. I wish I had some for my dogs!
My ‘gardening/orchard gear’.