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Protecting Apple tree grafts from deer

Discussion in 'Fertilizers, Pesticides and Diseases' started by RAlmaroad, Mar 17, 2016.

  1. RAlmaroad

    RAlmaroad LawnSite Silver Member
    from SC
    Messages: 2,253

    Hardly ever get to this forum so beg pardon if subject has been published before. I have many year old grafts that were put in ground after Christmas. Deer are snipping off the top buds. I've put cages around them but somehow they still reach them. This week I sprayed a second application of "Liquid Fence" around them. Is there anything short of waiting with a 30/30 to keep the trees safe? Thanks ahead.
     
  2. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,539

    F---ing deer ... I can't grow much at all because of those large, voracious rat's. I'm not a big fan of those smelly concoctions. They work until it rains and then they are mostly gone. A heavy steel cage with a top can help. But if a deer is hungry enough that cage is going to be tested. Unfortunately, mature trees seem to be the most resistant. Young plants of any kind are just going to get browsed by the deer. Motion activated sprinklers can be fairly effective but they are only practical if you have water handy.

    https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=deer sprinklers
     
  3. Yatt

    Yatt LawnSite Member
    Messages: 203

    I am in the process of redoing my backyard orchard. Last Friday I planted 251 trees on Bud #9 which will be grown on the tall spindle system.

    The ONLY thing for deer is 8' deer fencing.

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  4. RAlmaroad

    RAlmaroad LawnSite Silver Member
    from SC
    Messages: 2,253

    Damn. Did you graft all of those? That a lot of cutting and splicing.
    You do know that Bud 9 has shallow roots and should be staked for a few years.
    That's great on the fence. I just can afford that. Good job.
     
  5. Metalworxllc

    Metalworxllc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    Multi strand Electric fence is how nurseries in our area keep them out of certain areas
    They also love Indian hawthorn, and most crops have to have a elect fence around them for deterrent
     
  6. Yatt

    Yatt LawnSite Member
    Messages: 203


    I am quite familiar with the rootstock. It will be grown on the tall spindle system and be supported by four strands of 12.5 gauge high tensile wire.

    The trees are shipped bare root already grafted. The size ranged from 3/8ths to 1/2" feathered stock.
     
  7. Yatt

    Yatt LawnSite Member
    Messages: 203

    Update,

    Here are the trees this fall.

    Also installed drip irrigation and fertigation.

    Note the top wire is 9'.

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  8. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,539

    I don't know anything about orchards, i'm guessing the goal is to grow apples. Do you intentionally keep those trees small? How long before they start bearing fruit? How many pounds of fruit per tree do you get? Sorry about all the uninformed questions, i am truly curious.
     
  9. RAlmaroad

    RAlmaroad LawnSite Silver Member
    from SC
    Messages: 2,253

    Absolutely beautiful. Love the watering system and edgeguards. You are certainly way more professional and care to trees than I could ever afford.
    Wish I could as I love the whole aspect of fruit trees.
    Thanks so much for sharing these.
    Kindness goes so far.
    Roy
     
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  10. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,478

    A freezer will do the job
     

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