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Old 05-09-2006, 06:36 PM   #11
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I'm pretty sure you're right, John. Even though I'm a grower, I've never known a lot about fruit trees. From what I've heard, you prune in the fall, and spray dormant oil spray in February (in our climate).

I got a laugh at your comment about the squirrels. We live in the country, and are surrounded by ancient oak trees, and also have a persimmon and a walnut tree. As a result, we have no less than 4 squirrel nests in our trees.

They eat all kinds of things, including the cedar siding on the uppermost north corners of my house, which is up in the treetops, and the alcohol soaked maraschino cherries and orange slices from leftover party drinks on my deck.


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Old 05-09-2006, 07:56 PM   #12
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I'm hardly a grower like you Constance, Heck, I'm not even qualified as a picker But, 3 years ago I went to a nursery with my Dad and purchased 3 fruit trees. One peach, one cherry and one apple. We just happened to have a dry spell that year and as I was working out of town a lot at that time, the new trees didn't get much water. As a result, the cherry died within three months. The apple held it's own, while the peach tree took off! I found my info about pruning peach trees in the spring on the net. I too was quite supprised as I though all cutting back was done in the fall. My apple tree is still is growing quite slow so I haven't looked into pruning that one yet. Maybe apple trees are pruned in the fall. I'll check on the net if the darn thing ever looks as though it needs pruning!!

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