Question to all my goat peeps out there.
What trees will goats NOT eat the bark off of, and that are preferably fast growing? I need a new shade tree in the one pasture after they killed the very large apple tree that grew on top of the hill.
They seem to really like maple and apple trees (no matter the size). I’ve read that larger trees are safe from goats, but my goats will go after any apple or maple tree they can get their mouths on, big or small.
I’ve noticed that they left what I think is a small black walnut tree alone, but those make crappy shade trees and take forever to grow. I was thinking about locust trees, as they have thorns when they are younger and grow relatively fast.
I’d suggest something with unpleasant chemicals in the bark that would repel them, but most of the ones I know in that category are medium-growers, like Osage Orange or Paw Paw (also slow growers like Walnut).
You could also try something with thorns on the main trunk, like the ones you mentioned: a Honey Locust or a Black Locust.
The trunk of the Honey Locust is a death trap. Only the bravest goats would try it.
I also have a tonne of seed for roses I could send you: you could plant a fast-growing circular rose hedge, let it get a head start, and then plant your tree in the middle: that would hopefully give a barrier the goats wouldn’t be keen to cross.
Either way, if you want to grow a temperate-zone tree from seed, now is pretty much the time to do it.
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