Episode 22: Protecting Fruit Trees from Deer, Squirrels and other Critters

When it comes to deer gnawing on the branches of your young fruit trees, the buck stops here! And as far as squirrels and raccoons go, we’re also drawing the line. In this episode of the Urban Forestry Radio Show, Rhonda Massingham Hart will teach us how to protect fruit trees from wildlife damage. She’s the author of Deerproofing Your Yard & Garden and Squirrel Proofing Your Home & Garden.

Rhonda answers listener questions during the live show which you will hear during this archived podcast. And you can also share your comments and questions about the topics on the show by adding them to this post on OrchardPeople.com’s facebook page. 

The host of the Urban Forestry Radio Show and Podcast is Susan Poizner of the fruit tree care education website www.orchardpeople.com and the author of the award-winning fruit tree care book Growing Urban Orchards. You can listen to previous episodes of The Urban Forestry Radio Show and Podcast at www.orchardpeople.com/podcast and you can subscribe to the iTunes podcast.

What you will learn about protecting fruit trees from animals in this show:

  •        What is “buck rub”, and how does it impact fruit tree health?
  •     What kinds of damage can deer cause in gardens or forested areas?
  •     Why do deer eat tree branches?
  •     How can deer be trained to not eat people’s plants?
  •     What are some solutions to deer-related plant issues?
  •     What other mammals typically damage trees and other plants?
  •     What issues can arise from using food as distraction bait for animals on your property?
  •     How can hardware cloth protect young trees from nibbling by animals
  •     Do white spiral-guards protect young trees effectively?

Tune into The Urban Forestry Radio Show LIVE by going to RealityRadio101.com on the last Tuesday of every month at 1.00 pm Eastern Time and email your questions in during the show to instudio101@gmail.com. This show covers fruit trees, food forests, permaculture and arboriculture.

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