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Post  lvanderb on 5/26/2020, 9:11 pm

Yes, pest free is a huge challenge with fruit trees. So, that's what the vinegar bottles and the tennis balls are for - to catch pests. Tennis balls are coated with tanglefoot or whatever it's called and the vinegar bottles have a water, vinegar, sugar, banana peel concoction. Tonight I strained out a fermented horsetail mix to spray on the fruit trees. My apple tree usually looks awful at the end of the season with dead leaves - eaten, cocoons etc - and only apples hanging on. So, lots of fun for the organic fruit tree owner.

To feed the fruit trees even more (they are planted in wood chips already), I'm putting the compost in place rubbermaid totes beside the trees - yes, I will have to take a photo or two when I get them in place.

I have identified some branches that I'll have to take off my apple tree, they are way too high for me, I've been keeping my trees to a reachable height for me using the "Grow a Small Tree" method.
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Post  mollyhespra on 5/26/2020, 10:57 pm

Oh, Linda! I just read about this last month or so about that tanglefoot stuff. If you can make some kind of wire cage for the tennis balls so that the insects get in but the birds can't, it would accomplish the same thing and also save some birds. Apparently the birds see an insect, don't realize it's stuck in gooey stuff, snag the insect with their beak and, if they dont end up getting their own beaks stuck in the process, feed it to their chicks, with disastrous consequences. A gruesome picture, and I hope my bringing it to your attention helps you reconsider. I love(ed) that tanglefoot stuff. We'd put it on our helmets when bicycling so the deer flies would get stuck in it and leave us alone. But after I read that article, I'm not sure we're going to use it again. We'd often leave our helmets just hanging outside, after a ride, but now that we know, we're reconsidering using it at all. It's amazing how everything is connected to everything else.
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Post  lvanderb on 5/28/2020, 6:47 am

Wow, that's interesting! I'll do more research. Hard to get it right these days.
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