Consider land-use history – How was the land used and treated prior to preparations for a chestnut order? How has this impacted:
Trunk protection – The trunks of young chestnut trees are susceptible to sunscald and deer browse and buck rub until the trunk diameter exceeds 5 inches. To prevent sunscald injury, paint trunks white with 50/50 mixture of white latex interior paint and water or wrap the tree with a white, plastic, spiral tree wrap. Tree tubes for deer protection will also shield from sun scald. Alternatively, young trees may be caged, or an 8 ft tall deer proof fence must be installed around the entire perimeter of the orchard, especially in periods of drought during “nut fill”, typically from late July through August. Irrigation helps to ensure both nut quality and size.