The summer before last the deer rutted against many of the trees - causing a lot of damage. They also ate the new growth of some - and not others. They particularly liked our Pink Lady apple for some reason. ?
We are trying this before we invest in something that will surround the entire orchard area.
We want to net to keep the birds and squirrels from stealing - but I didn’t want to deal with all the tangled netting, so came up with this idea. Don’t know if it will work . . . but we shall find out. We’ll put the finer net over the top and secure it at the bottom of the poles. Luckily, we have lots of bamboo growing on our property and we are making use of it for the height. Tennis balls will keep the poles from going right through the netting.
I don’t know what deer will do to get to the trees. Probably ‘whatever they want to’. If they knock the chicken wire down - we’ll have to consider the investment of surrounding with fencing. But - that won’t keep out the smaller creatures, like raccoons and possum, etc. So - either way - we still have to use some sort of net - or bags.
Here is what I came up with.
The larger, stronger trees have larger . . . stronger . . . poles.
P.S. - These 2 trees are very close to our house. We have not ever had deer intrusions so close to the house. Out further, we used chicken wire. It seemed more ‘off-putting’ than this black stuff.