A few days ago, Ed and I noticed that our beloved deer neighbors have been nibbling on our apple trees. I don’t mind a nibble here and there on our white pines in the winter, but when there’s plenty of clover for them, I’m not going to let them destroy our little trees.
Here’s what our white pines look like, after late winter munching on the bottom needles.
And here’s our dawn redwood, after a buck decided to try to rub the velvet off his antlers with it last fall. The tree was just too tiny to take it!
So, with knowledge of what deer can do to little trees, Ed and I set out to create barriers. We used some leftover plastic netting and wire mesh for our six little trees. Ed started trying to weave the plastic netting together with a stiff wire, which I promptly grabbed out of his hands. Instead, I sewed them up with my big yarn needle and some strong yellow string.
Meanwhile, Ed got to work with the wire mesh. With him working in the basement and me in the garage, it became sort of a race. The race ended in a tie, with both of us finishing at the same time.
Now we’ve got three black plastic cages and three wire cages. The wire ones are less noticable, so I’m leaning toward liking them better. But I guess we’ll have to wait and see which cages are more protective in the long run.