[NAFEX] vole damage

Ernest Plutko ernestplutko at wiktel.com
Fri Apr 23 09:46:54 EDT 2010


Berry bushes need rodent guards.  The damage varies from year to year
but can be very severe.  My Nanking cherries and black and purple
raspberries were badly chewed near the ground last winter and many
will die back.  Currant bark is very attractive to rodents.  

---- Original Message ----
From: mariaschu at vtlink.net
To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] vole damage
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2010 21:26:21 -0400

>We use plastic tree guards, and they worked.  A few blew off and  
>those trees, like yours, were severely damaged or killed by voles and
> 
>mice.
>
>A question:  Do berry bushes and shrubs also need rodent guards?   We
> 
>didn't protect ours last year and they did fine, but this year we're 
>
>planting a lot more-- I'd hate to risk losing them.  Last year I did 
>
>plant daffodils and chives and garlic around my bush cherries -- has 
>
>anyone else done this?  Does it work?  Also, we lost a couple of  
>apple trees to what looks like root damage from rodents-- would the  
>daffodils and allium work for that?
>
>Maria Vermont zone 4/3
>
>
>On Apr 22, 2010, at 3:31 PM, Ernest Plutko wrote:
>
>> The snow finally melted from the ditches.  It is sort of warm in
>the
>> day but it is still frosting heavily during the night.  Some of my
>> fruit trees look damaged from the winter but I don't know yet if
>they
>> are dead.  The voles and mice caused a lot of bark damage under the
>> snow.  I put mice poison when it first snowed last fall.  The
>poison
>> blocks are gone but the trees were damaged anyway.  I bought
>hardware
>> cloth today and will really protect the trees.  I thought poison
>> would kill all the vermin.  My electric fence protected the trees
>> from the other vermin: deer.
>>
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