|We have a dwarf peach tree. It produced fruit for the first time last year. Before the peaches ripened, a squirrel ate them all. Can we spray or do anything to the tree that won't affect the fruit but will keep the little buggers away?
|Answer from NGA
April 19, 1998
|How about covering the tree with bird netting? You'll have to secure it around the trunk so the squirrels can't get in. That's the only thing I can think of that won't affect fruit quality. Depending on how low the lowest branches are, you could wrap a wide metal band around the trunk, just as the fruit is ripening. That would prohibit squirrels from climbing the trunk. If the lowest branches are within squirrel jumping distance--or if there are other trees around that the squirrels could jump from, it wouldn't help. I'd try the netting.
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