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Aug 6, 2016 12:57 PM CST
Should I b topping my cherry trees? When is best? How do I put a net on?
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Sep 15, 2016 12:31 PM CST
If you want to top or prune. You can do it anytime. Old times was when dormant. New ! Farmers prune and top fruit trees right after harvest !
Good luck with netting. Because any hole left in netting the birds will find. Bad bird.bad bird 👺!!! I just let my cherries grow tall so i can share with birds. I get the low ones ! Birds get high ones !
Everybody's got to share with the birds and bugs 😠
I tip my hat to you.
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Sep 15, 2016 12:49 PM CST
It really depends upon how old and how big the trees are. Could you post pictures, please.

When to prune also depends upon where you live. Could you please complete your profile with your location so that we have an idea of your climate? Just a zone won't help - we need to know your city/state/country/continent.

In some places you could still prune, without worry that the trees will put on a lot of new growth that would then be subject to frost damage. But other places are already getting frost and even snow (picture from Lk. Tahoe a couple of days ago).

As far as using netting, you have to put the netting on after the flowers have set fruit and the fruit is sizing up. Otherwise the flowers will poke through the netting and form cherries outside the netting which will of course defeat the purpose.

Please be very careful of using bird netting. A lot of other critters get tangled up in it and die. I tried netting my lychee tree a few years ago, and not only did it not stop the birds or the squirrels, it had dead bodies entangled in it every day until I removed it. Mice, squirrels, rats, birds, snakes (which are very beneficial here at controlling rodent populations). You name it, I killed it in just over a week! Very sad and upsetting.

Now I use a motion-detector sprinkler to scare off the critters both night and day, and it works great! Look for a "scarecrow sprinkler" on Amazon.

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