Sunday, October 18, 2015

The Orchard - Fall 2015 - Pecan Tree Fencing

After getting some more permanent fencing around our main orchard area, it was time to starting putting up some around our pecan trees. The hand-pulled method has worked ok, but sometimes the goats still get in them, and recently one of our pecan trees was completely barked by a goat from top to bottom. Bummer.

For this new fencing, I decided for expediency to just use t-post corners, even though they didn't work well on long fence lines, figuring these were going to have much less pull on them.

Here is one pecan tree before starting, with just the hand-pulled fencing around it:

Pecan Tree Area with Old Hand-Pulled Fencing


After putting in t-posts, it was necessary to sometimes twist them to align better with a fence line or otherwise, so a pipe wrench works great for that:

Turning T-Post with Pipe Wrench


Here is one corner done. After facing the corner t-posts outward on a couple of the other pecan areas, I realized the corner bracket pieces are designed to work more properly facing the t-posts inward:

First T-Post Corners in Place


Here is another corner done:

Another Corner F


And all t-posts in place:

All Fencing T-Posts in Place


Then, it was time to pull the fencing. I decided to pull two directions: one out away from the goat field fence, around the corner, and then perpendicular to the field fencing; and then the other, to close off the last side away from the field fence. Going around the one corner worked ok if I tightened tension on the fencing a little at a time and moved the fencing around the corner after each time of tightening:

Net Wire Fence Puller Ready for Pulling


As before, the truck is used to help pull the fencing:

Come-Along Hooked to Truck and Fence Puller


And here it is pulling:

Pulling Net Wire Fencing


And here is all the fencing complete!

All Fencing Complete


Lastly, I put down about an 8 inch layer of mulch:

Mulch Layer Laid Down


We are grateful to the Lord for granting the growth of the pecan trees, even some from the roots (this one pictured I believe was one of those), and for Him granting provision to be able to continue work on the homestead!

-- David

2 comments:

Vicky Schreiber said...

Wow, that is a real transformation, funny too because the goat in the background looks like it is standing next to the tree :) Have you made the fencing that wide to allow for the adult size of the tree or just to keep the goats away from it?

David and Susan Sifford said...

Hi Mrs. Schreiber,

Yes, it's finally nice to start to get these fences done. 4 down, 3 to go still. :)

The size of the area is basically to hopefully keep the goats away from the tree as it hopefully gets bigger.

Thanks for saying hello!

-- David