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Re: [nafex] paw paws, critter proof?

nottke wrote:

> In my mere six years of Paw Paw growing here in 7A North Carolina, the
> trees seem to survive the minor munching by Zebra Swallowtail caterpillars,
> a small beetle that eats small holes in the leaves, and a wayward twig
> girdler that only attacks one or two small twigs per tree per year.  But
> the deer ARE a problem because the bucks don't hesitate to scrape the
> trunks them with their antlers.  Whatever is in the twigs isn't strong
> enough to keep the deer away, but the trees will outgrow the deer
> eventually.
> Jim Nottke
> Pfafftown, NC 27040
> nottke@ols.net

A circle of barbed wire, about a foot and a half in diameter, mounted horizontally around the tree two feet above the ground will make the bucks look
elsewhere.  The wire needs support at only one point by a stout stake.

Bob Hartley    PA z6 deer country

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