[NAFEX] A righteous borer tool

Richard J. Ossolinski osso at acadia.net
Mon Nov 21 23:31:18 EST 2005

Dear Ahab,
Call me Ishmael, but I found this bit boring.  Also, have received and 
thank you for sending a copy of the revised edition: stellar work!  
Here's  wishing you multiple printings and all due success.

On Nov 21, 2005, at 7:33 PM, Michael Phillips wrote:

> Hi all,
> Twenty years of suffering have gone into this discovery, as I’ve done 
> the incessant search for damage -- and thus the grub culprits -- 
> caused by the round-headed appletree borer. In the process, I’ve 
> probably lost four or so good pocketknives (misplaced in the grass) 
> and at least a few dozen trees. All the biology and “trunk clues” are 
> explained in my book, including the new revised edition, but what’s 
> new here is that I’ve finally discovered the right tool to go borer 
> hunting. The key is to delve throughout all damaged cambium and end up 
> with a skewered grub at the end of the search. It turns out that a 
> 3/8” borer bit (I’m not making up this name! though it’s also known as 
> a spade bit) is a righteous device for poking up the dreaded borer! 
> Smaller diameter drill bits of this type do not have the spear point. 
> This bit is plenty sturdy to open up damaged areas, poke gently into 
> suspected crevices, and absolutely great at delivering the hiding grub 
> from its lowest hiding tunnel. The goal is to get these bastards in 
> the fall of year one, and certainly by the subsequent spring. The old 
> idea of using a wire to follow a deep, winding tunnel is fine, but 
> geez, really: Why not get them soon after egg hatch with a full thrust 
> jab to the gut? The spade bit is not unlike a harpoon in this regard.
> And if anyone thinks this advice is being offered up by a nut, well 
> then, you really don’t understand how incredibly devastating the borer 
> can be, do you?
> I’ll just sign off appropriately . . .
> Regards,
> Captain Ahab
> Michael Phillips
> Lost Nation Orchard
> 859 Lost Nation Road
> Groveton, NH 03582
> 603-636-2286
> www.HerbsAndApples.com
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