How to Protect Your Fruit Trees

How to Protect Your Fruit Trees
by Robert Young

Even when trees are heeled in, the moment they arrive on the fruit farm they should be protected with a ring of wire netting around them. Hares have been and are still as great a nuisance in young orchards.

The alternative to the strip of wire netting put around each individual tree is the use of one of the special liquid substances, which can be painted on to the trunks of the young trees late in November or early in December. One of the best of these is Colophene, which is much used in the Wisbech district.

Birds are particularly fond of the buds of gooseberries just as they start to break into growth, and those who are growing these fruits in congested areas will do well to string black cotton in between the branches of their gooseberries, as this is known to prevent the birds from doing this damage.

The chestnut poles will be dipped in Green Cuprinol for at least forty-eight hours to the depth of 2 feet, and this will ensure that they do not rot away quickly. When bought, the posts should be 6 feet long so that they can be driven into the ground 1 foot deep.

In town gardens where there are only a few trees and where there may be invasions of birds from other gardens round about, it is possible in early December and again in early February, to spray the trees all over with a strong solution of ‘Bitter Apples’, which may be obtained under this name from the local chemist.

One inch wire netting of a heavy gauge should be bought and this should be attached to the posts provided, as well as to the stout galvanized wire which must run tightly from post to post at the 4 feet height.

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