[nafex] voles, screen, and rubber cement

victoria l. caron vicaron at gis.net
Mon Nov 5 10:45:32 EST 2001


Del, I worked at a planting of seedling trees which I had put in this past June. They are 5 yrs. and average 6'-8'. We used new 36" screening that
the landowner provided (yeah!) and cut it about a foot wide. After trying a few things that did not work out, I simply folded over the matched up
ends - about one inch - twice over. This was fast and will insure that should no one get back there for a while, it is a wildlife planting, the trees
can force their way out of a tight situation. Maybe this would not work so well with older used screening if it's stiff, but it was ok with the new
stuff.
Snow this AM, 2-3 inches of slush in NH zone 3 ........vic

del stubbs wrote:

> With this exceptionally late freeze up this year (today is 60F), I  was able
> for the first time to get all the salvaged window screen guards on and
> stapled and bottoms buried on about 200 trees. Had 4 chewed on already this
> season that had tall grass nearby. (lost 20 some trees to voles last year,
> mostly manch. apricot, the chewed apples that came up above graft grew up to
> 3 feet)
>   It took not more than 5 minutes a tree to dig down, reclaim and remove the
> I.D. tags...wrap and staple and bury the screen. I used sections from 2 to
> 4' tall (depending on expected snow drift) and 6-8" dia.  And a good
> commercial hand stapler.
> The hardware store was so glad to not have to dump it every week in the
> trash.
> I used rubber cement (little applicator bottles are handy) to patch over the
> chewed ones.....I did a number of field grafts earlier this year using it as
> a sealer over he graft tape with success. Mn. Del z2/3
>
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