[NAFEX] A plague of locusts!

Ernest Plutko ernestplutko at wiktel.com
Thu May 15 10:48:30 EDT 2008


Locusts are grasshoppers not cicadas.  Cicadas don't eat anything in
the adult form.  Enjoy their songs of joy- they are breeding.

---- Original Message ----
From: holycow at cookeville.com
To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] A plague of locusts!
Date: Wed, 14 May 2008 22:08:01 -0500

>"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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