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Kentucky fruit notes, vol. 1, No. 14, February 1940

Part of Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station

ile uf Vol. 1 February, 1940 N0. 14 11*1* ou at KENTUCKY FRUIT NOTES :;,2 W. D. Armstrong, Horticulturist, Editor Jill .nd WATCH FOR RABBIT AND coating on the injured area at ery MOUSE INJURY once. Several materials can be s a W D. ARMSTRONG used satisfactorily. Ordinary iw ' shellac is one of the best cover- ICC, Siiicc practically all parts of l|1{;S HS it_does 1TOt illjure the cx- 011 Kentucky have been covered witl1 l105<1_ <10110i1t #1831105. Otdlnary md snow of various depths for sev- l11'11S11111i; {1`1fi3111g '_3X 15 _Wl1 ety eral weeks since Uhristmas, it is i11111l1t<1 to USB 21S_ 1S 01d11l11Y `hiS to be expected that many fruit 111011t*d DH1'111f111 501116 S01" of sfy trees, large and small, have been DQ1t1bl0 WHX l1P1t1 is 11dd ; to injured by mice and rabbits dur- 1*1111 these 1_?1$t two, but t11S 31`G ing this time when their other 11$}' U1 dY1$- A$I111?11t11111 P1`l111 ]i foods were scarce and hard to 1118 P1111t 1$ 11$0 115611 f01 $1111 P1 for reach. The alert fruit ma11 in 01'1111S W1'f11 good 1`S111'fS Y big many cases pruned off a number Treatment as described above of small limbs on the snow so they should keep the wounds in good _in would be eaten instead of the condition until spring. In the gted tree trunks. He also went to look meantime preparation for addi- link lns trees over for injury as soon tional repzurs should be made. as the snow went away. If this During February and early March tl _ has not been done it would be well lopg water sprouts should be 11S to do so. ta {en and buried in the soil in the Often rabbits and mice take off l11``l1*11`?1t1011 f01` b1`11H 1`_aft_1{,- wks only the outer bark. On other AS 1S {%'111`?111} 1{110i11 t111$_1$ 8 Qin occasions they take 0E the bark 111?i11d of $1'&ft111 111 11111011 6 5 r" in splotches clear into the wood. YO1~111S $1100Y 1 ?1''f2111d b10_' 111d g ten- In other cases, large Sections of above the injured area, bridging Q mt the trunks are entirely denuded the ]1a1t11Y bark 111 these two V Err}. of their bark. The first two con- 1`S1011S , M0 ditions are often not serious and Even very seriously injured 10m` with some extra encouragement, trees can be repaired by a good i mty if not alone, the tree will regen- job of bridge grafting. The work i_ 1`OUS crate bark and cambium enough should be done as soon in the I11l1 to effectively heal the scars and spring as the bark on the tree it 1110* the tree will soon be normal again. trunks starts to "slip?. This will , [ it-aio However, in the third case, where be about the time the leaves start 3 f the bark is completely removed ont. Experience has shown that 3 - ei-by in areas, these rarely heal over bridge grafting rarely pays on _ tied, and the tree is set back, stnnted or trees under two or three inches Q 1 by eventually dies in acco1dancc to in diameter at the base. It is with glp- the severity of thc injury. the large trees that success is to i uber In any case drying out of the be had with bridge grafting; injured tissues can be prevented When seriously injured, the small sm and recovery aided by brushing a trees referred to above had best BULLETIN OF THE KENTUCKY AGRICULTURAL EXPERIMENT STATION LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY T