[NAFEX] Cherry Tree Lunacy
Docshiva at Docshiva.org
Sun Jun 10 14:41:25 EDT 2007
No cats to patrol the berries? I've used Mylar scare-tape in trees, along
with a seed feeder nearby with good results for birds - also always have
some bright red non-crop berries growing.
The spray I'm trying is specifically for squirrels, we'll see. There seem
to be two types - a foul-smelling one and a nice-smelling one. I went with
the second... the pomegranates blossoms have just fallen, so I'm about a
week from my first squirrel attack, if they feed as ridiculously early as
they did last year.
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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of William C. Garthright
Sent: Sunday, June 10, 2007 11:28 AM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Cherry Tree Lunacy
> Did you specifically try rodent repellants, or more generic animal
Generic, I guess. Just what I saw for sale locally. One was called
"Liquid Fence." It doesn't mention squirrels, just rabbits and deer. I'm
in town, so no deer problems. And it doesn't seem to affect my rabbits
at all (nor squirrels).
I can't remember what other commercial products I've tried, but I have
put down blood and bone meal (which I figured would be good fertilizer,
if nothing else), then seen rabbits sitting in the middle of it a few
hours later. Apparently, my rabbits like blood. I'll have to be careful
taking a nap on the lawn!
Right now, I'm particularly annoyed with the local robins. The late
freeze killed about half of my black raspberry canes, so I've got a
smaller crop than normal. And the robins are eating them before they get
ripe. Usually, I've got plenty of raspberries, so it's no big deal. But
I'm wondering if I'll get any of them this year. The patch is too big -
and too thorny - to use netting, so I guess I'll just live with it. They
laugh at anything I put out to scare them away, unless I stand there
myself (and even then I have to patrol the patch, since they'll sneak in
on one side or another).
Lincoln, NE (zone 5)
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