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Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

You might remember my post from last year about my peach tree and how I was totally robbed of all my peaches by bugs and squirrels. Well the blossoms fell off the tree and all the peaches have just started growing.

peaches 2009

peaches 2009

This year I'm taking a more proactive approach and spraying it with "fruit tree spray", which as far as I can tell is an all-purpose insect repellant and fungicide. Before I sprayed it the first time I also thinned it out by removing a ton of peaches. I read online that they should be about 5-6 inches apart. By removing some peaches, a lot more energy is used to grow the remaining ones.

peaches removed 2009

Spraying might prevent the bugs from attacking them, but I don't think this is going to stop the squirrels from stealing them. Last year when I only had a few peaches left on the tree in August, I was mowing the lawn and a half-eaten peach fell out of a huge tree in another part of my yard! Some bastard squirrel had ganked one and dropped it when I came around with the mower! I was pissed. Some people online are saying the only thing you can do about pests stealing fruit is to get a dog or a cat which isn't going to happen in the near future. Maybe I'll build some kind of electric thing to go around the trunk and zap the shit out of them when they climb up. It could make for some good videos.

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#1 - May 29, 2009 at 8:46 AM
wrap a piece of metal around bottom of aluminum. Something slippery so that the squirrels can't climb up. Unless they get to it from another nearby tree. My friend's in VA did that to a pole they have bird feeders on so squirrels can't get to them.
#2 - May 29, 2009 at 11:50 AM
Maybe I'll try that. I think I'd still like to electrify it for good measure...
#3 - May 30, 2009 at 10:46 AM
You would electrify it too..knowing you!
Big Brother
#4 - Jun 2, 2009 at 9:03 AM
My Dad is the king of spraying fruit trees, so if you ever need advise ask him. I think there are some pests that you have to spray for in the fall as well, to prevent them from harming things the following year. Also they sell tacky strips (tanglefoot) that you put around the base of the tree to keep bugs from crawling up. I like electrifying the tree for the squirrels though. Just keep in mind that those bastards can jump pretty high.
#5 - Jun 13, 2009 at 3:46 PM
I thinned out the tree again today. There was just too many on it and they started weighing it down.

#6 - Jul 8, 2009 at 5:00 PM
So just about every day (the non-rainy ones) I go and check out my tree when I get home from work. Yesterday there was still like 50 peaches on the tree. Today there was like 5!!! Those little bastard squirrels ganked them all.

I had to bag the remaining ones to keep them on the tree (hopefully). There was a bunch of peach carcasses at the bottom of another tree in my back yard...

#7 - Jul 9, 2009 at 1:17 PM
Well, today two more peaches are gone, this time from within the stapled bag! I really need to electrify this tree...

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