Planted a couple apple trees

gardening,landscaping Red Gravenstein and Red Gala apple trees
Red Gravenstein and Red Gala apple trees

July 12 2015 (updated Jul 15 2015)

We spent Sunday morning preparing the beds for two apples trees. I have always wanted apple trees, and finally have the time to get some and plant them. The root ball on the Gala is a bit concerning, as we had to cut it out of the bucket. Not because it was root bound, it looks more like the main root has broken away from the root ball.

 

We’ve follow the planting instructions given to us, and they’ve gotten plenty of water and thankfully Pleasant Valley Nursery in Antigonish warranty their plants. Time will tell. Fingers crossed! 🙂

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Jim and Gina

Jul 15 2015

Overnight on the 14th a deer came by and chewed off the tips of the two apple trees. I’ve heard of people guarding their trees from animals, and I also knew that a deer wandered across our property at sunrise and sunset each morning.  I just didn’t put the two together. A quick trip into Pleasant Valley Nursery for some advice and was told that its still early enough the trees will put on some new growth. Fingers crossed. While in town, I stopped into Central Home Improvement and weighed the options of chicken wire or 4x8ft of 6×6 steel remesh. I would of gone for the remesh, the missus said chicken wire. So we compromised and got chicken wire. 🙂  48inch x 50ft rolls of chicken wire is not chicken feed price, that’s for sure. Over $40 a roll.

First thing to do was to go out in the woods and get some sticks. I wanted to make the fencing at least 6-7ft tall so that meant 2 stages. 6ft sticks pounded in the ground about a foot. Then attach another stick to it to get up to about 7ft.

Correction…. the first thing to do was spray myself in bug spray. Deep Wood Off is my friend. 🙂

Next was to drive in the stakes.

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Stakes in the ground.

I used tie wire (also called hay wire) to tie the stakes together.

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tying on extensions with tie wire

Bugs are getting bad at this stage.

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ready to wrap

Chicken wire stapled to the stakes, now time to cut and run .. to the next apple tree.

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cutting off the excess

And, that’s a wrap folks! I’m buggin’ outta here!

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that’s a wrap!

 

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