I've got 24 fruit trees coming my way in a couple of weeks, and am looking to cage them to keep the deer off of them. I plan to use 4-5' welded wire fencing and a couple of rebar or metal EMT conduit posts per cage. I was just wondering what diameters people may have used for similar sized trees? I don't want to go overboard (due to fence $$) but at the same time I don't want to shoot myself in the foot and waste time and money by cheaping out and going too small.
Cut in 12 ft. 6-inch lengths (4 to a 50 ft. roll). It gets expensive, but you need them at least this big around to avoid browsing. We use 4' due to cost. If you can prop them up another foot somehow, that would be better. 4' allows for easier pruning, but could leave some branches exposed to browsing.
Thanks for the input. That would give you approximately a 4 foot diameter - is that enough?
I was originally thinking 16.7' lengths per tree (6 cages per 100 ft roll and 5.3 foot diameter cages) but I'd be looking at $350 in fencing alone. Maybe I was going overboard?
That was recommended by a guy that runs an orchard for a living that Bill Winke had on Midewest whitetail. If you are at all concerned about how much you're spending, I would go with the 12 1/2 sections.
I guess it somewhat depends on the deer browse pressure in your planting area. We use 4' chicken wire cages, with most being in the 24" diameter range. We do get some browse on the lower branches, but it allows enough protection for the trees to get on their way to fruit production size.....and of course it depends on how much $$ you want to shell out for the cages and stakes. Good luck with the planting!