Jean Soarin wrote:
And would eventual rust affect an apple tree fastened to it?
You would not tie it closely to the fence. The apple limbs should be tied with a space away from the wire with twine which will rot away each year. Otherwise permanent ties and the fencing will ether strangle the limb or get incorporated into it and damage tools used to cut it in the future. Except for the strangeling once it is incorporated into the tree it doesn't bother it but I have many tool damaged by wire and nails inside the wood.
So, I've finally made up my mind. I've ordered a roll of this: no-climb horse fence. I'm assuming it's good enough quality. It's the only suitable and affordable option I can find that's available locally.
It's only four feet high, so the plan is to put up one length along the ground, and then another length from the top, with the two sections overlapping in the middle.
If I'm lucky, it'll come in quickly. I have two helpexers (volunteers) staying with me right now, so we should be able to get it up pretty quickly, in which case I should be able to get my first apple tree in this spring. If the fencing takes too long to come in, it'll be too late for the apple tree, but I can use it the fence as a trellis for my pole beans and squash this season, and work on improving the soil.