|How do you keep raccoons and opossums out of the fruit trees||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Melanie Mindlin (sassettamind.net)|
|Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2020 05:24:52 -0700 (PDT)|
I’ve had good luck with raccoon “guards” made out of sheet metal in my grapes, and this would likely work in trees with smaller trunks. Cut a round piece of sheet metal, probably as wide as you can get at the store. Using metal snips, cut into the center and then make a hole large enough to go around the trunk of your tree. Put it on the tree and overlap the edges making a slight downward sloping cone. Punch a small hole through both sides and use a piece of wire to hold it together. Racoons and hopefully possums, will find this a non-climbable barrier. I’ve also used boards with a close pattern of nails or screws in it ringed around the trunk of the tree with the sharp bits pointing out. This is bit complicated to make, install, and store afterwards, but worked pretty well. I prefer the metal cones. Dogs would have to be vigilant since they can’t do anything except wake everybody up after creatures have gotten up into the tree. Smaller, less aggressive dogs may not win an argument with one, or a family group, of these wild animals. I’ve tried to trap them, but they are too clever for that. You could also bring fruit in early and have it ripen inside. Good luck with it, Melanie > On Sep 10, 2020, at 3:16 AM, cohousing-l-request [at] cohousing.org wrote: > > Date: Wed, 9 Sep 2020 19:54:29 +0000 (UTC) > From: Brian Bartholomew <bartholomew.brian [at] yahoo.com > <mailto:bartholomew.brian [at] yahoo.com>> > To: cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org <mailto:cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org> > Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Community Garden Structure > Message-ID: <272607815.2185723.1599681269090 [at] mail.yahoo.com > <mailto:272607815.2185723.1599681269090 [at] mail.yahoo.com>> > Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8 > > How do you keep raccoons and opossums out of the fruit trees, taking > one bite from each fruit and wasting it for humans? Do you have night > shift coverage by dogs? > > Brian
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