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Question DetailsAsked on 10/29/2017

How do I protect trees from Deer in yard?

Deer come in and eat fruit trees, especially cherry trees in the winter. We don’t mind them in most of the yard, we even love seeing them, but really hate the damage to some of the trees.

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Deer fencing (typically has to be 8-10 feet high to keep them out) if talking a largish area - a lot of trees - can be chain link or hog wire or deer netting (though nmeeds to be securely fastened to hold snow loads).


Otherwise, deer netting works well for browsers - deer, elk, moose, etc - but if you have heavy snows, especially wet ones ever, don't just hang it on the tree because it can drag down onthe branches and break them - plus it hangs up badly and is HARD to remove in the spring. This is what I use - similar product also available at many greenhouses and box stores and lumber yards.


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I use 1/2" rebar (10 feet pieces work well on shorter pruned trees) - 4 pieces driven into the ground about 2-3 feet with a hand sledge a couple of feet from the vegetation, while standing on a ladder (a 2 person job), then the deer netting wrapped around the rebar and tied with wire or cheap small wire ties (which are easier - just snip in spring and use new ones next year - come in packs of 400-600 for maybe $10-13 or so (takes about 20 or so per year). Do not leave the netting on in the spring if touching the branches because it can prevent leave formation and break new tips.


Another alternative for small trees in cold areas is burlap like this - wrapped around the tree, but still supported by rebar or wood staking so the snow on the burlap does not weigh down and break the tree.


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One thing on the staking/rebar - I leave it in year-around, otherwise with putting it in yearly you are likely to hit a lot of roots and may damasge the tree. Plain cedar 2x2 posts (cedar for longer rot-free life) or rusting rebar are not that noticeable.

Answered 1 year ago by LCD




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