I ended up putting up a 6 foot fence around the orchard. I knew this would keep me from being able to bushhog in this section so I decided I would get back into the chicken business. Chickens will keep the weeds and grass down, provide eggs, and you can always put the ornery ones in the crockpot.
Luckily, there was a wooden box behind my shed that fit the bill (recognize it Michael?). The conversion process has begun. My next posts will show the coop and the watering and feeding systems I'll put in place. All are easy to do and very cheap to implement.