Deer deterrent from young fruit trees

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VictorMatos3
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Deer deterrent from young fruit trees

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Anyone have any good ideas on how to keep the deer away from my young fruit trees? Ive tried big box store repellents and have had mixed results. Was thinking about a fishing line fence. It was never an issue when my dog was still alive. Hopefully soon we will have another dog. But today i was walking in the yard and noticed my honeycrisp was laying on the ground several feet from where it was supposed to be standing in the ground. A buck had rubbed one side raw and eventually broke it off near the base of the trunk.

I hunt but cant harvest the deer within the village. I am out of ideas.

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Re: Deer deterrent from young fruit trees

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The only sure way to protect trees from deer is with a barrier of some kind. Deer repellents may work until the next rain when you need to re-apply them, but if deer are hungry enough, they won't care.

The other thing you need to be vigilant about on young fruit trees is bark chewing by mice and rabbits. These work for me:

https://www.orchardinnovations.com/prod ... osed-cell/
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I usually go to home depot and buy a section of corrugated 4" flexible plastic pipe like this
https://www.homedepot.com/p/4-in-x-10-f ... /100183471

Perforated to allow some air circulation.

Then I slit it down the side with a knife and push it onto the tree trunk.

It will stop a deer from rubbing the bark off because it rotates around the tree as the deer rubs, discouraging the deer, but It wont keep the deer from pushing the tree over.

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dicko1 wrote:
Thu Nov 11, 2021 10:39 am
I usually go to home depot and buy a section of corrugated 4" flexible plastic pipe like this
https://www.homedepot.com/p/4-in-x-10-f ... /100183471

Perforated to allow some air circulation.

Then I slit it down the side with a knife and push it onto the tree trunk.

It will stop a deer from rubbing the bark off because it rotates around the tree as the deer rubs, discouraging the deer, but It wont keep the deer from pushing the tree over.
It also won't prevent the deer from browsing the young twigs.
Tier 1 - I just want something green. Perennial "weeds" that stay green year round are welcome.

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Re: Deer deterrent from young fruit trees

Post by VictorMatos3 »

Yeah I will have to do that to protect the trunks. The fishing line fence is my next best option. That will keep them from browsing on the branches.

Thanks for the replys.

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