[NAFEX] Sawdust Mulching, now tree protection

V. Michael Bove Jr. vmb at teakettlefarm.com
Mon May 23 12:34:40 EDT 2011

As usual the voles beaverized a number of our Nankings this winter.  A  
big problem is that Nankings tend to grow shrubby and it's not at all  
easy to protect them when they have a half-dozen branches coming off  
within six inches of the ground (and the other problem is that we had  
a foot and a half of snow cover for about six weeks, so the bark got  
stripped much higher than I'd wrapped them!)  I can't help wondering  
whether there is some kind of distasteful goop I could just paint on  
in early winter...

Michael Bove
Teakettle Farm, Z6 (MA/RI border)

On May 23, 2011, at 12:21 PM, mIEKAL aND wrote:

> I'm using Clipper tubes which are typically sold for first year  
> grapes.
> They come in different lengths but I use mostly 24" & 32".  Since  
> they are
> one piece of plastic that wraps, they are easy to take off & put  
> back on,
> you don't have to cut the tubes to get them off.  Plus they end up  
> being a
> lot cheaper than other kinds of tree tubes.  I get mine from here,  
> very good
> prompt service & customer service.
> http://www.mdtgrow.com/
> I've tubed about 600 trees & vines in the last 3 weeks....
> On Mon, May 23, 2011 at 11:12 AM, Sarah Kehler Ewing <skkewing at yahoo.com 
> >wrote:
>> Hi mIEKAL,
>> I'm wondering if you would share what you are using for 'tubing'  
>> around
>> your trees???
>> I've been using hardware cloth (1/4" x 1/4") tubes about 18" height  
>> x 6"
>> diameter and it is very effective and a great place to put tree  
>> labels.  But
>> hardware cloth is very expensive and I'm sure it will rust off to
>> ineffectiveness at some point. I've found one tree that had a gap  
>> where the
>> cloth overlapped (sometimes the cloth kinks a bit when I twist it  
>> into the
>> ground and I obviously didn't catch that one) and a mouse moved in,  
>> made a
>> house for the winter and ate my Giant Nanking Cherry from T&T Seeds,
>> Manitoba.  This year with the feet and feet of snow we had, they  
>> got over
>> the tops for the first time ever and ate off a plum and an apple.   
>> I should
>> have been stomping down the snow, but by the time I realized I  
>> needed too,
>> the snow was hip deep and I couldn't!
>> I know that the commercial guys use some kind of plastic tubing,  
>> but I'm
>> not sure what.
>> Sarah
>> zone 3
>> Edmonton, AB
>> --- On Mon, 5/23/11, mIEKAL aND <qazingulaza at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> From: mIEKAL aND <qazingulaza at gmail.com>
>>> Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Sawdust Mulching
>>> To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
>>> Received: Monday, May 23, 2011, 12:24 PM
>>> I've been spending the last week tubing every last prunus
>>> in the ground.
>>> ~mIEKAL
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