Gray Henon wrote:I think it was Ben Falk that said a goat is the opposite of a tree! I've planted trees all over my goat/sheep pasture. Each tree is protected by 2-3 stands of hotwire. It is very effective as long as the trees do not get too top heavy and lean outside of their protection. If they do, the goats and sheep break them when they pull on the leaves. Without protection, I would have no trees. T posts are not economical. I tried wood stakes with home made plastic insulators cut from plastic barrels. The homemade insulators work well if made from a black plastic barrel, but the stakes, made from treated wood, started rotting outing out in 5 years or so. Ripping them out of ground contact rated lumber might have lasted longer, but I wanted to get away from treated wood and have recently switched to using UV resistant PVC electrical conduit. I am able to pound the conduit into my soft rock free soil fairly easily. If I had rocks, I might pound in a short piece of rebar then slide the conduit over it or pound in a bar, remove it, then pound in the PVC. I have not looked into fiberglass posts, but they may be an option as well.
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