[nafex] vole surprise

victoria l. caron vicaron at gis.net
Mon Nov 5 10:37:05 EST 2001


Hi Phil, (still have the Emerson square grand) At our annual Fruit and Vegetable Meeting last week, Bill Lord, the UNH Fruit Specialist advised to
continue wrapping longer than that. Apparently, the bark is edible on older trees than it would seem. Maybe it also depends on what else is
available. I just can't get over why I would have this problem so early, when last year under identical (to me) circumstances I had no damage and the
nursery was hardly protected. This fall girdling totals more than the past six years combined!
Bill also advised in his lecture on the orchard floor, to not till or mulch, but only to mow down the leaves to prevent carrying over fungus and
disease to the following spring.
On his recommendation, I will make an effort to inarch this month and if they fail, I can redo in the spring. ...........vic

Phil Norris wrote:

> Victoria,
>
> Wow!  What a bummer.  You must be mad as hell at those rodents.  All
> your hard work!  My orchard is 5 years old and I have stopped wrapping
> them for the winter but your tale of woe is giving me pause.
>
> Phil Norris
> Blue Hill Maine Z4
>
> On Monday, November 5, 2001, at 07:11 AM, victoria l. caron wrote:
>
> > What a surprise I had yesterday when I went out to put on mouse guards
> > in my small nursery. I was so happy to have a chance to do it,
> > especially on a day when the weather was not bad. Usually I get it done
> > closer to Thanksgiving and freeze my hands. Last year, I hardly managed
> > to get any wrapped, only the hardest to replace. Also, last year the
> > voles got ALL my carrots which are in the same plot as the nursery.
> > Despite the fact that the trees were largely unprotected, I had no vole
> > damage this spring except for one tree on the other side of the house.
> > It was the closest tree to the gravel drive with no grass or anything
> > around it and it was completely girdled. I bridged it and it continues
> > to grow.
> > Yesterday, I found over 40 of the 100 or so trees I wrapped already
> > girdled! There doesn't seem to be a common link anywhere as far as
> > weeds/no weeds, age or location of the trees. One complete row that was
> > pre sold is gone! I wrapped them all anyway, with a vengeance. Those
> > little suckers are not getting one more bite!
> > vic NH zone 3
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
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