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August Is National Peach Month!

Posted by Jennifer Smith on

Peaches are one of America's favorite fruits to eat in summertime; and they are simple to grow; but how easy are these types of fruit trees easy to protect? 

Here are easy orchard management strategies to keep away deer and other critters courtesy of DeerbustersCanada:

1. Tree Guards

Fruit trees, such as peach trees, do not produce fruit during the first year of the life cycle; however, protect the base of trees is important to ensure proper growth. Therefore, it is recommended that fruit growers start out by protecting trees from wildlife with tree wraps. Tree guards easily wrap around the base of trees to protect bark from deer rutting that will occur in the fall season beginning in September.

2. Bird Netting

Bird nets are probably the easiest wildlife management tool to use during the first year(s) of growing fruit bushes and trees. Simply draping the netting over fruit will protect growing fruit from birds, deer and other small critters.

3. Deer Fencing

Once fruit trees are in full bloom, deer fencing should be used around orchards. Deer fencing is the most effective means for deer management and will last up to 30 years. Since peach trees and other types of fruit can bear over 60 pounds of food each year, that is a lot of profit to lose for an orchard owner. 

#NationalPeachMonth

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