2 clever design tips to give you the perfect fencing plan
ENCIRCLE YOUR ENTIRE BLOCK
with a race (for access) around the boundary, and double fence the inside of the race to plant trees. This enables easy access to every paddock, a long race to exercise animals in, a double boundary from your neighbour, shelter in every paddock, and many other benefits. Most importantly, it provides easy access to both sides of your trees for harvesting and maintenance.
FENCING IS NEEDED
to stop your stock eating your growing trees, but will be in the way when harvesting. My favourite is a post and netting strip fence, with an electric wire on a pigtail outrigger, for several reasons:
• it is quick to put up;
• it keeps cattle (and probably horses and alpacas) off trees without taking out a lot of land that will then need maintenance;
• it continues to be effective in a power cut;
• it is easy to climb under and over whenever you want to get in;
• it is simple enough to take down and put back up again when you want to fell a tree;
• planting in strips means the trees provide shelter and shade to paddocks.