Originally Posted by Saddlebag
I've done the hot wires and trees. I originally nailed the insulators on but with pine sap oozes out and makes a sticky mess. The tree will also grow over the insulators if not checked twice yearly. I switched to wiring them on with lightweight galvanized fence wire. No sap and it was easy to back it off a few twists. The wire wasn't real tight to start with.
Oh yes, as my nails pop out I've been switching it with faded hay twine
I agree, it is much easier to tie them on then it is to mess with those darned nails.
OP; well.... I can tell you that is going to be a lot of work to upkeep. The trees are going to grow into the mesh wire and it'll look pretty funky in a year or two depending on how fast your trees grow in the area (mine spring like weeds if they're the right type). But to me things only look "ghetto" if they're not kept up well, so you're just going to have one fun job keeping it maintained
But even then, putting any kind of fencing that close to trees would eventually need to be taken care off so it's up in the air.