We discussed ways to keep deer from eating our newly planted trees in Spruce's 'Rope-a-Dope' thread, so I thought I'd share a picture of the first tree I've planted in one of my 'deer cages' - it's not very pretty, but hopefully it'll do the job.
I got my order from Pine Ridge Gardens the other day. It included a white oak, and I'd REALLY like for it to thrive! I planted it in the most open area on my property - lots of loblolly pines grew there before Katrina, but they were all uprooted or broken in two during the hurricane. I planted it in ground that's sort of at the top of the little stream that flows in the bottom of the hollow here, but it's elevated from the rest of the 'bay head' (or whatever you call it) and it doesn't stay wet, even in the rainiest weather, just moist. As usual with my orders from Mary Ann at PRG, it was a nice size, probably 3 1/2' or 4' tall, which isn't bad for $11.00 - you can't even get wite oak/q. alba at nurseries here.
I left about 4" open at the bottom on one side and put old logs there - if I need to water it, I can roll the logs away, and I should be able to get my hand under there to water it, I hope so anyway! You can barely see the tree in this picture, since the leaves aren't on yet -
When it grows taller than the chicken wire, I'll add more to keep the taller tree protected. Once it gets as tall as the poles, I'll take it all down.