In the fall, deer will nibble the upcomming buds off the apple trees, ruining the tree and the new to be fruits. For tomato cages, I use a medium weight wire fence with approx. 3 inch openings, very flexible. The tomatoes are gone, the deer are browsing. I lay the cages on the ground in a circle around the apple trees.
I put a bar of Irish Spring and hung it in my apple trees. Drill a hole in it and hang with heavy rope. It's been in my trees for over 3 years now and is still there. The deer NEVER bothered the trees.
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