Answer: This situation sounds heavily weighted in favor of the squirrels...but there is hope! There are lots of remedies you could try, such as hot pepper spray on the tree or scare-owls, but you'll be better off if you go for the permanent solution - a fruit tree cage. It means building a frame around the tree and using a hardware cloth or other wire mesh material too small to admit those pesky rodents, but it'll be worth it! You can even grow sweet peas or other vining flower on the lower perimeter of the cage to disguise it - just don't plant a vine that grows so tall it will interfere with air circulation around the tree. Let those squirrels eat cake, and enjoy your peaches!
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