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#3268898 - 06/16/13 10:25 AM Re: Deer Damage [Re: smstone22]
tn droptine
8 Point

Registered: 10/10/08
Posts: 1342
Loc: Chester Co, TN/Afghanistan

Yup, lost that gamble once myself - last time I planted a tree without caging it
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#3268999 - 06/16/13 02:45 PM Re: Deer Damage [Re: BSK]
14 Point

Registered: 07/19/08
Posts: 8447

 Originally Posted By: BSK
Just wait until fall and bucks rub those trees to death. For whatever reason, bucks LOVE rubbing on fruit trees.

They sure do! We planted some apple trees 2 years ago. Around mid October, I walked through that field and was wondering where my 7ft trees were. Most were yanked out of the ground. The rest were on the edge of the field from getting stuck in their antlers
Be nervous, but fear no one

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#3269533 - 06/17/13 11:52 AM Re: Deer Damage [Re: JCDEERMAN]
Football Hunter

Registered: 10/22/07
Posts: 25536
Loc: Wilson Co/Perry Co

I have a couple that I didn't cage,and were more or less broke in half,but they are coming back!Cage em when you can.
The best day to plant a tree,IS TODAY!

You wont know,if you dont go!

#3275655 - 06/25/13 07:15 PM Re: Deer Damage [Re: Football Hunter]
Hunter 257W
10 Point

Registered: 10/04/12
Posts: 3522
Loc: Franklin County

I just found one of my 2 yr old Gala apples laying over on the ground this past weekend. I blamed it on deer until I got up to the tree and found that the wood stake I had tied to the tree had rotted off. I had heard that apple trees had real shallow roots and now I'm convinced that's true. The tree was hinged over flat on the ground with no apparently damage. (I'm hoping the tap root is not broken....) I replaced the wood stake with a fiberglass one. For one, it won't rot but also the fiberglass stake flexes and supposedly allows/forces the tree to develop stronger roots compared to a tree that is rigidly supported with a stiff wood stake. Sounds like it would work that way to me. Only time will tell as I'm replacing most of the wood stakes on my other trees too with fiberglass.

Anybody here got any thoughts or positive results of root strength improvement by using flexible fiberglass tree stakes?

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