Even more than other kinds of gardens, orchards require significant investments of time and energy, as fruit trees need to be pruned regularly and are susceptible to fungus and insect attacks. Mr. Grunsfeld is often in his yard from dawn to dusk on spring and summer Sundays, planting, pruning, spraying, composting and inspecting his trees.* Even so, he has not managed to prevent his peach tree from getting leaf curl, or to fend off an even bigger problem: squirrels, who have stolen every single peach and nectarine.Dude, where's my bird netting?
"I've tried everything—traps, fox urine," Mr. Grunsfeld said. "If I could strike a deal with them I would. I’d tell them, ‘Look, I’ll give you 80 percent.'"
*Wow--what a lot of work! Some people like to make life so hard! He can't be having any fun! Poor guy!
Seriously tho'... if he wants to enjoy his harvest he should stop "composting...his trees." Heh.
Maybe you have to spend more time monitoring your fruit trees in New York than you do in California. When I was a kid we had apple, two kinds of plum, and an unusual loquat. None of them got a gardener's attention. We wouldn't have known what to do!
And yet year after year, fruit.