How to Use Chicken Wire As a Frame for Trees

Overview

Generally, the bark of trees is sufficient to keep pests from invading and damaging the tree. However, some animals like deer and rabbits are able to chew through the bark. Tree damage is easily prevented if you use chicken wire as a frame for trees. Chicken wire, also known as poultry netting, is a stiff but pliable wire that can be formed into almost any shape. Form it into a cylinder around the tree trunk to prevent animals from eating the bark and damaging the tree.

Step 1

Pound four wooden stakes 12 inches into the ground around your tree. The stakes should make a square frame and be a foot away from the tree.

Step 2

Roughly measure the space and purchase enough chicken wire to wrap around the outside of the wooden stakes. Chicken wire looks like fencing and has 1-inch hexagonal spaces.

Step 3

Cut the chicken wire with the tin snips at the measurement you obtained in step 2.

Step 4

Wrap your chicken wire around all four stakes so that your tree is completely fenced in. The wooden stakes will act as supports for the chicken wire.

Step 5

Attach the chicken wire to the wooden stakes with 16 gauge galvanized wire. Wrap the wire around the stake and around the fence and twist it tightly.

Step 6

Hold the two ends of the fencing together with 16 gauge galvanized wire. Wrap the wire around both ends of the fencing and twist tightly.

Tips and Warnings

  • Wear gloves when working with chicken wire. It is extremely sharp and can cause severe cuts.

Things You'll Need

  • 5-foot tall wooden stakes
  • 4-foot wide chicken wire
  • Hammer
  • Tape measure
  • Tin snips
  • 16 gauge galvanized wire
  • Wire cutter

References

  • Yardener: Barriers for Deer
  • University of Illinois Extension: Protect Valuable Landscape Trees From Rutting Deer
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