[NAFEX] leaves around peach trees

Caren Kirk quirky at videotron.ca
Sun Nov 15 09:26:04 EST 2009


Hi Richard and Toni,

I lost my newly planted Reliance peach tree this spring, but from the rootstock that I left in the ground has sprung a sucker that I am experimenting with.  It's already about 4ft but obviously a very thin whip.  I am a bit like Toni in that I was trying to work out the best way to make sure it has the best chances of surviving our winter.

Same goes for 2 2-year-old apple whips I have.  I would be really pissed to lose those this year!

I do protect for voles and I do mulch but I am thinking of wraping them tightly to a post as well for additional support. We get a very decent covering of snow (at least 2ft) usually but the wind can be pretty strong.

Does anyone have any other suggestions?

Caren
St. Jerome, Quebec
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Richard MURPHY 
  To: nafex 
  Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2009 6:30 PM
  Subject: [NAFEX] leaves around peach trees


  Dear Toni;
   
  Mulch is OK for small trees, as long as you do something to prevent Vole damage.
  Maybe you don't have voles. I didn't know I had them, until 20 apple trees got girdled, all because I put a nice thick layer of pine bark mulch around each tree in a 4 foot circle. Then, I roto-tilled the field next to this row of trees. All the rodent refugees ran from the tilling, and into my mulch. Expensive lesson. Pissed me off BIG time!!
   
  Murph

  R A Murphy Jr




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