Remember the Crabapple Dilemma we had in our Georgia Garden last year? To refresh the memory Click HERE. We were at our wits end to save this tree from the Squirrels. We had also missed the blooms each spring with them eating the buds as quickly as they popped out. We decided to give a stovepipe a try and look, it has worked a miracle for us! The pipe was able to keep the squirrels off the tree thus allowing the bark to heal and the buds to pop open this spring!
I enhanced the color in this picture to get a better view as to how many blooms we had. The Saint and I were so excited when we started to see buds forming on the tree! No squirrels can get to the buds for a nibble this year. I gave this tree to the Saint a few years ago and it has not done well due to the squirrels chewing and eating on the poor thing.
Now with the stovepipe keeping the squirrels at bay, the crabapple tree is really starting to shine for us.
A bee enjoys a nip on this bright sunny day.
And hopefully, the Chickadees that keep going inside my homegrown gourd house, will soon call this gourd home.
Some Commenter's were concerned that the stovepipe would cause heat build up and damage to the trunk of the tree. We were very cautious to keep plenty of room between the trunk and pipe for proper air circulation. So far no damage but we will keep a close eye on her with the heat to come this summer. We are hoping for a crop of crabapples for the birds and deer this fall.
We are happy with CRABAPPLE SUCCESS, In the Garden...
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