|This young pear tree, which Bill grafted last year, is protected from deer damage with a wire cage.|
Deer also love to eat peaches, pears and especially apples. We lose quite a lot of low-hanging fruit to deer, especially this fall's apple crop since the summer was so dry. Birds also peck more fruit when it's dry, to get the moisture, as wild fruits are far less plentiful.
This fall I tried an old remedy that some say works for them, hanging bars of strong-smelling Irish Spring soap in the trees. It hasn't seemed to reduce deer damage much. Hopefully in a couple years we can afford to put an electric fence around the orchards.
|This fall I tried hanging strong-smelling soap in our apple trees, but I haven't noticed any reduction in fruit knocked off or chomped by deer.|