[NAFEX] A plague of locusts!
Donna &/or Kieran
holycow at cookeville.com
Wed May 14 23:08:01 EDT 2008
"Which would you rather have, a broken leg or a hundred ticks on you?" One
of my kids loved to pose questions like this when he was little. The
trouble is, we aren't offered a choice in real life. No one asked us last
year whether we would rather have drought or hail, we just got the drought
and someone else got the hail and tornadoes. This year it appears we will
be blessed with 17 year cicadas.
Most of my trees will simply be damaged, but I assume that the pears
will be eaten up with blight next year if the cicadas have their way. I
remember from some 25 years ago in east TN that they like branches of a
certain size, more or less horizontal. Some of my very small trees I think
I will tie with branches vertical. The next size up I can sew up in nylon
curtains like I did the previous time. But that still leaves me with a
number of pears, and a few apples as well that are too big to wrap whole.
Some have horizontal branches that I just grafted on the ends, if I lose the
branch, I lose the graft as well. I have some old tree wrap, I'm thinking I
could spiral it on those branches I must save. Or can I get away with just
running masking tape along the bottom of the branch?
Any suggestions? I'm going to leave some native trees as decoys, trees
I'd planned to take out but will now wait on. Wish I'd known this was going
to happen, we'd have left more. I made the mistake this winter of deciding
to tie down my 2oth Century branches instead of letting them stay straight
up. I don't have to save everything from damage, but some things need
reliable protection. Thanks. Donna Z6, Tennessee
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