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Jan 15, 2018
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Fruit Trees

Why not grow a home orchard? What could be better than fruit picked fresh from the tree?

Many home gardeners have given up on fruit trees because they did not really get to enjoy the fruit – the local birdlife, possums, bats, vermin or insects got to it first! That can be a problem, but there are also some ways to outsmart the competition so that the feasting rights and benefits become yours.

While there are insecticides to provide an easy solution to the insect side of this problem, it is quite another thing to deter our native fauna. They are, after all, protected and we don’t want to remove them from our gardens, and we don’t even mind sharing some of the fruit with them… just not all of it. Generally, the problem is that while we wait for the fruit to ripen, the possums, bats and birds are happy to feast on the unripened fruit. If we pick the fruit too early, it will not ripen.

Tree nets are now available, which protect the fruit to a large degree, but they are expensive and if not erected correctly, may entangle animals and birds. An alternative to netting is shade cloth over the canopy of the tree, or using individual paper bags over accessible fruit.

Metal sheet Tree Collars are helpful where the issue is a possum or rat climbing up the trunk of the tree.

To keep birds away from ripening fruit, shiny objects hanging in the tree may serve as a deterrent. CDs, aluminium pie pans, strips of reflective tape, a scarecrow shape in the branches – these will all help keep the birds away. Remember to take down the obstacles after the fruit has ripened and is removed. The ecosystem in your garden needs birds to visit and help with cross pollination.

Another solution for the home gardener wanting to enjoy the fruit of their garden is to choose dwarf varieties when planting. These are easier to manage – whether it is spraying for insects or using netting or shade cloth to protect the fruit. These dwarf plants can also be kept in pots, and placed in a protected environment – away from the natural wildlife.

All fruit producing trees and vines should be carefully pruned after fruiting, and will benefit from regular fertilising. Attending to these will help produce a bigger crop for you to enjoy. Even if you have to share some of it with the wildlife!

Sep 26, 2013
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Removing Tree Stumps with Salt

After a tree is cut down it may take many years for the roots and trucks to die. Often stumps will go on living for many years to come with new roots developed and sprouts not only appearing at the stump but in the tree’s general area. If stump removal and stump grinding is not an option for you (although they are relatively inexpensive) and you don’t feel the need to burn the stumps or use toxic chemicals, then the use of rock salts might just be for you!

How it is done

  1. Have the tree lopped to as close to ground level as possible. Make sure it is safe and not a tripping hazard.
  2. Drill holes into the side of the stump at a downward angle as close to the top of the stump as you can. Make sure the holes you drill are at least 2 cm in diameter.
  3. Drill additional holes all around the stump. The larger the stump – the more holes it will have.
  4. Fill the holes with rock salt. Compress the rock salt in using a rod.
  5. (Optional) If you are not concerned about nearby vegetation sprinkle salt around the base of the stump.
  6. Cover the stump and salt with soil. Give it a good soak with water so the salt dissolves and enters the soil.
  7. Water the stump every 2-3 days for 5-6 weeks. This helps the salt enter the stump.
  8. If you notice any growth during this period repeat the salting process. Patience is the key to success!

If you’d like the stump to rot faster now that it’s dead, have a read of this organic stump removal process.

Sep 26, 2013
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Removing Tree Stumps with Salt

After a tree is cut down it may take many years for the roots and trucks to die. Often stumps will go on living for many years to come with new roots developed and sprouts not only appearing at the stump but in the tree’s general area. If stump removal and stump grinding is not an option for you (although they are relatively inexpensive) and you don’t feel the need to burn the stumps or use toxic chemicals, then the use of rock salts might just be for you!

How it is done

  1. Have the tree lopped to as close to ground level as possible. Make sure it is safe and not a tripping hazard.
  2. Drill holes into the side of the stump at a downward angle as close to the top of the stump as you can. Make sure the holes you drill are at least 2 cm in diameter.
  3. Drill additional holes all around the stump. The larger the stump – the more holes it will have.
  4. Fill the holes with rock salt. Compress the rock salt in using a rod.
  5. (Optional) If you are not concerned about nearby vegetation sprinkle salt around the base of the stump.
  6. Cover the stump and salt with soil. Give it a good soak with water so the salt dissolves and enters the soil.
  7. Water the stump every 2-3 days for 5-6 weeks. This helps the salt enter the stump.
  8. If you notice any growth during this period repeat the salting process. Patience is the key to success!

If you’d like the stump to rot faster now that it’s dead, have a read of this organic stump removal process.

Sep 26, 2013
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Removing Tree Stumps with Salt

After a tree is cut down it may take many years for the roots and trucks to die. Often stumps will go on living for many years to come with new roots developed and sprouts not only appearing at the stump but in the tree’s general area. If stump removal and stump grinding is not an option for you (although they are relatively inexpensive) and you don’t feel the need to burn the stumps or use toxic chemicals, then the use of rock salts might just be for you!

How it is done

  1. Have the tree lopped to as close to ground level as possible. Make sure it is safe and not a tripping hazard.
  2. Drill holes into the side of the stump at a downward angle as close to the top of the stump as you can. Make sure the holes you drill are at least 2 cm in diameter.
  3. Drill additional holes all around the stump. The larger the stump – the more holes it will have.
  4. Fill the holes with rock salt. Compress the rock salt in using a rod.
  5. (Optional) If you are not concerned about nearby vegetation sprinkle salt around the base of the stump.
  6. Cover the stump and salt with soil. Give it a good soak with water so the salt dissolves and enters the soil.
  7. Water the stump every 2-3 days for 5-6 weeks. This helps the salt enter the stump.
  8. If you notice any growth during this period repeat the salting process. Patience is the key to success!

If you’d like the stump to rot faster now that it’s dead, have a read of this organic stump removal process.

Sep 26, 2013
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Removing Tree Stumps with Salt

After a tree is cut down it may take many years for the roots and trucks to die. Often stumps will go on living for many years to come with new roots developed and sprouts not only appearing at the stump but in the tree’s general area. If stump removal and stump grinding is not an option for you (although they are relatively inexpensive) and you don’t feel the need to burn the stumps or use toxic chemicals, then the use of rock salts might just be for you!

How it is done

  1. Have the tree lopped to as close to ground level as possible. Make sure it is safe and not a tripping hazard.
  2. Drill holes into the side of the stump at a downward angle as close to the top of the stump as you can. Make sure the holes you drill are at least 2 cm in diameter.
  3. Drill additional holes all around the stump. The larger the stump – the more holes it will have.
  4. Fill the holes with rock salt. Compress the rock salt in using a rod.
  5. (Optional) If you are not concerned about nearby vegetation sprinkle salt around the base of the stump.
  6. Cover the stump and salt with soil. Give it a good soak with water so the salt dissolves and enters the soil.
  7. Water the stump every 2-3 days for 5-6 weeks. This helps the salt enter the stump.
  8. If you notice any growth during this period repeat the salting process. Patience is the key to success!

If you’d like the stump to rot faster now that it’s dead, have a read of this organic stump removal process.

Sep 26, 2013
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Removing Tree Stumps with Salt

After a tree is cut down it may take many years for the roots and trucks to die. Often stumps will go on living for many years to come with new roots developed and sprouts not only appearing at the stump but in the tree’s general area. If stump removal and stump grinding is not an option for you (although they are relatively inexpensive) and you don’t feel the need to burn the stumps or use toxic chemicals, then the use of rock salts might just be for you!

How it is done

  1. Have the tree lopped to as close to ground level as possible. Make sure it is safe and not a tripping hazard.
  2. Drill holes into the side of the stump at a downward angle as close to the top of the stump as you can. Make sure the holes you drill are at least 2 cm in diameter.
  3. Drill additional holes all around the stump. The larger the stump – the more holes it will have.
  4. Fill the holes with rock salt. Compress the rock salt in using a rod.
  5. (Optional) If you are not concerned about nearby vegetation sprinkle salt around the base of the stump.
  6. Cover the stump and salt with soil. Give it a good soak with water so the salt dissolves and enters the soil.
  7. Water the stump every 2-3 days for 5-6 weeks. This helps the salt enter the stump.
  8. If you notice any growth during this period repeat the salting process. Patience is the key to success!

If you’d like the stump to rot faster now that it’s dead, have a read of this organic stump removal process.

Sep 26, 2013
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Removing Tree Stumps with Salt

After a tree is cut down it may take many years for the roots and trucks to die. Often stumps will go on living for many years to come with new roots developed and sprouts not only appearing at the stump but in the tree’s general area. If stump removal and stump grinding is not an option for you (although they are relatively inexpensive) and you don’t feel the need to burn the stumps or use toxic chemicals, then the use of rock salts might just be for you!

How it is done

  1. Have the tree lopped to as close to ground level as possible. Make sure it is safe and not a tripping hazard.
  2. Drill holes into the side of the stump at a downward angle as close to the top of the stump as you can. Make sure the holes you drill are at least 2 cm in diameter.
  3. Drill additional holes all around the stump. The larger the stump – the more holes it will have.
  4. Fill the holes with rock salt. Compress the rock salt in using a rod.
  5. (Optional) If you are not concerned about nearby vegetation sprinkle salt around the base of the stump.
  6. Cover the stump and salt with soil. Give it a good soak with water so the salt dissolves and enters the soil.
  7. Water the stump every 2-3 days for 5-6 weeks. This helps the salt enter the stump.
  8. If you notice any growth during this period repeat the salting process. Patience is the key to success!

If you’d like the stump to rot faster now that it’s dead, have a read of this organic stump removal process.

Sep 26, 2013
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Removing Tree Stumps with Salt

After a tree is cut down it may take many years for the roots and trucks to die. Often stumps will go on living for many years to come with new roots developed and sprouts not only appearing at the stump but in the tree’s general area. If stump removal and stump grinding is not an option for you (although they are relatively inexpensive) and you don’t feel the need to burn the stumps or use toxic chemicals, then the use of rock salts might just be for you!

How it is done

  1. Have the tree lopped to as close to ground level as possible. Make sure it is safe and not a tripping hazard.
  2. Drill holes into the side of the stump at a downward angle as close to the top of the stump as you can. Make sure the holes you drill are at least 2 cm in diameter.
  3. Drill additional holes all around the stump. The larger the stump – the more holes it will have.
  4. Fill the holes with rock salt. Compress the rock salt in using a rod.
  5. (Optional) If you are not concerned about nearby vegetation sprinkle salt around the base of the stump.
  6. Cover the stump and salt with soil. Give it a good soak with water so the salt dissolves and enters the soil.
  7. Water the stump every 2-3 days for 5-6 weeks. This helps the salt enter the stump.
  8. If you notice any growth during this period repeat the salting process. Patience is the key to success!

If you’d like the stump to rot faster now that it’s dead, have a read of this organic stump removal process.

Sep 26, 2013
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Removing Tree Stumps with Salt

After a tree is cut down it may take many years for the roots and trucks to die. Often stumps will go on living for many years to come with new roots developed and sprouts not only appearing at the stump but in the tree’s general area. If stump removal and stump grinding is not an option for you (although they are relatively inexpensive) and you don’t feel the need to burn the stumps or use toxic chemicals, then the use of rock salts might just be for you!

How it is done

  1. Have the tree lopped to as close to ground level as possible. Make sure it is safe and not a tripping hazard.
  2. Drill holes into the side of the stump at a downward angle as close to the top of the stump as you can. Make sure the holes you drill are at least 2 cm in diameter.
  3. Drill additional holes all around the stump. The larger the stump – the more holes it will have.
  4. Fill the holes with rock salt. Compress the rock salt in using a rod.
  5. (Optional) If you are not concerned about nearby vegetation sprinkle salt around the base of the stump.
  6. Cover the stump and salt with soil. Give it a good soak with water so the salt dissolves and enters the soil.
  7. Water the stump every 2-3 days for 5-6 weeks. This helps the salt enter the stump.
  8. If you notice any growth during this period repeat the salting process. Patience is the key to success!

If you’d like the stump to rot faster now that it’s dead, have a read of this organic stump removal process.

Sep 26, 2013
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Removing Tree Stumps with Salt

After a tree is cut down it may take many years for the roots and trucks to die. Often stumps will go on living for many years to come with new roots developed and sprouts not only appearing at the stump but in the tree’s general area. If stump removal and stump grinding is not an option for you (although they are relatively inexpensive) and you don’t feel the need to burn the stumps or use toxic chemicals, then the use of rock salts might just be for you!

How it is done

  1. Have the tree lopped to as close to ground level as possible. Make sure it is safe and not a tripping hazard.
  2. Drill holes into the side of the stump at a downward angle as close to the top of the stump as you can. Make sure the holes you drill are at least 2 cm in diameter.
  3. Drill additional holes all around the stump. The larger the stump – the more holes it will have.
  4. Fill the holes with rock salt. Compress the rock salt in using a rod.
  5. (Optional) If you are not concerned about nearby vegetation sprinkle salt around the base of the stump.
  6. Cover the stump and salt with soil. Give it a good soak with water so the salt dissolves and enters the soil.
  7. Water the stump every 2-3 days for 5-6 weeks. This helps the salt enter the stump.
  8. If you notice any growth during this period repeat the salting process. Patience is the key to success!

If you’d like the stump to rot faster now that it’s dead, have a read of this organic stump removal process.

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