[NAFEX] Cherry Tree Lunacy
tolenio at sentex.net
Fri Jun 8 11:44:26 EDT 2007
Take old nylons and cut the legs off at the top of the thigh. Slip the
nylon down, over the fruiting cherry branch covering the fruit. Then twist
tie, or tie the open end around the branch. Everything on that branch will
be protected from birds.
At a minimum you will get a pie or two, depending on how many branches you
Not sure if you could make similar tubes with row cover.
Wind does become an issue. Strong winds will rip the nylons off the tree,
leaving them scattered around the orchard. An unusual sight in an
orchard... Having it look like the morning after a wild party.
Try explaining that as strangers pull into your laneway. Ha, ha, ha! That
From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Mark Dorogi
Sent: Friday, June 08, 2007 11:32 AM
To: 'North American Fruit Explorers'
Subject: [NAFEX] Cherry Tree Lunacy
This year I'm determined to get just a few ripe cherries off of our 15'
Schmidt's Biggereau cherry tree. The raccoons, squirrels, and birds love
this tree, and all I get is to clean up cherry pits on the ground.
I've hung a dozen pie tins in the tree, and put a aluminum flashing guard
over the trunk to try to keep the raccoons out of it.
The tree is too big to put netting over. I hate bird netting. What I
thought of was covering individual branches with floating row cover. I
loosely wrap it around a branch loaded with cherries and clip it together in
a few spots with paper clips:
Somewhat tedious; I need to come up with a better way to secure and close up
the "row cover baggie".
Has anyone done this, or for that matter just covered a whole tree with
floating row cover? It would probably work on my smaller Northstar Cherry,
which is only about 6' tall. The row cover is easier to work with than bird
The tree: http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o116/mddorogi/CherryTree001.jpg
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