just prune out branches the deer will reach?
I'm running short on space nearer the house where I can better keep the deer scarce, so I've started grafting fruit trees out around the pasture/further away where there's a little deer pressure. In one spot I grafted two Asian pears onto callery seedlings, and the deer recently ate the ends off the shoots and every leaf off the rest. They're leafing out again now and I've got cages around them to prevent a repeat, but this has all got me wondering how I can manage these trees for fruit. If the deer will eat all the leaves off like this, surely they'll eat all the fruit off when they start fruiting, right? So I'm wondering if I should plan to just prune all the lower branches off, everything below 6 or 7 feet. Can I grow a regular shaped/pruned pear tree with an extra 6 feet of trunk underneath it? I know it will make pruning and harvesting, etc. more difficult -- I'll have to do almost everything from a ladder -- but that seems like the easiest way to deal with the deer if it will work. What do you all think?