I caged 14 pear trees today. I tubed them 2 years ago but wasn’t happy with them being in tubes long term. This is what most of them looked like.
Pro of tubes:
1) promote good growth
2) protect from deer
3) cheap/easy to install
4) offer protection when spraying herbicide
1) trees grew too tall too fast. Wind made them all lean.
2) impossible to prune without removing tubes
3) fire-ants/pests build nests in tubes
I bought 100 feet of 60” welded wire from Tractor Supply and cut it into 7 foot sections. I bought 15 t-posts - 1 for each cage. I also bought a tree support material called ArborTie by a company called deep root:
The plan was to remove the tubes and replace them with small diameter cages. I also planned on using the t-posts as support for the cages AND as anchors to straighten the trees using the Arbor Tie.
I’m happy to report that it was a success. I’m very pleased with the final product.
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