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Yes, Randy, it really does well here, & I see a few around town now. I like the greyish green colour as well.
My Linden (basswood) tree has grown so much in the 41 years I've lived here, I've had to "top it", as it interfered with my satellite dish reception. That was two years ago, and it's filled right back in already. Its fragrance is wonderful--a wonderful bee attraction. Has your Linden blossomed yet, Daniel? Wish I'd taken a "before and after" photo of my red oak tree. It's amazing. (By the way, Daniel, I read your book review. Sounds interesting. Thanks.)
Patricia, I'd forgotten my parents had a Russian olive. I may have to get one.
It is a beautiful tree, Daniel & has done very well here with our short season. We liked the very quick growing part, so didn't have long to wait for front yard shade. The fragrance carries over the whole street & its lovely.
Daniel, I remember when you planted that tree; we were both ignorant of what was to happen in 2013. Our cancers were diagnosed early that year and we began the protocols for treatment. Each day since then has been a gift, except for the miseries caused by those drugs that were hoped to solve our different problems. The minutes of life matter, the people in our lives make a difference, who we spend time with and what we choose to do with that time can be enriching and full of peace.
You planted a tree then and now you can sit in its shade! It perfectly shaped and looks robust and healthy. May all your days be overflowing with things that interest you and bring you pleasure.
You feel like a brother to me.
I like trees & lots of them for shade. The smell is fresh too.
We have a Russian Olive tree in the front, & its fragrance is very sweet but not sickening. They grow quickly, & can get into weird shapes. We planted one in the back yard too, but it failed.
These pics aren't of ours, but this is what it looks like here.
Loam Gnome, your figs look healthy and delicious. Do you have problems with ants getting inside or those nasty tiny worms?
Spud, you have tried all the things I would have done, and I have seen squirrels jump great heights and spring through the air as though they have wings. So, I give up. I have no new ideas to offer. Live trapping is one option, however, other squirrels will come in to replace them.
I have only one more idea that might work: a fine mesh canopy, such as those used to keep birds out of cherry trees. Cover the tree from top to bottom.
Oh yes, one more thought, a vicious dog who loves to kill squirrels; only remember to keep the small children, little old ladies, and those who can't run fast away from the beast.
She is a southern gardener, however, she offers principles that apply to we northern growers.
Joan, those would work if the tree was large enough and far enough away from a place they could jump from, like a house.
Squirrels are very good at jumping. From the ground, they can jump past most things, onto a branch. They can also jump from a house into the branches.
My dad had a peach tree, and the squirrels destroyed the peaches to eat the seeds. He tried cutting off all the lower branches and putting slick metal around the trunk. They still jumped from the house into the branches. He finally had to trap them. That was the only way he could enjoy peaches.
My tree is far away from the house, but it's too short to defeat them. Even if I cut off 70% of the branches, they could still jump into the remaining branches, from the ground.
I'm reluctant to trap them because my next door neighbors are animal lovers who feed the squirrels, and would become very annoyed with me. The only way I could trap them is by hiding the trap in my berry bushes. That might work. Even so, it's a constant battle because new squirrels move in to fill the vacancy.
I have no fruit trees here to compare with your experiences, however, I wonder if putting a smooth surfaced material around the trunk will keep squirrels out of the canopy? Or put a grease substance available at any seed and feed store that the squirrels don't like to climb through. These two should keep the critters out of the trees unless they have access through the canopy.
Tanglefoot Tangle-Guard Tree Wrap 3" x 50'
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