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December 26, 2012

Tim's Tips: Keep foraging animals away from your yard

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You can prevent this by protecting the trunk of your plants with tree wrap. This product comes in several forms. One type is a paper that has a layer of tar in between the layers of the paper. The tar makes the paper taste bad to the animals and they will stop trying to eat the bark. The paper is wrapped around the trunk and held in place with tape. There is also a wrap that is made of plastic. The wrap looks like a tube that has a spiral slice around the entire length of the tube. You measure the length that you need to cover the trunk from the ground to the first set of branches. You cut the tube to that length and then you open one end of the tube and wind it around the trunk. The rigidity of the plastic holds it in place on the trunk of the tree. The thickness of the plastic makes it hard for the animal to chew through.

Animal damage to your plants increases in a winter that is very cold or very snowy. Since we don’t now what Mother Nature is going to throw at us, it is better to prepare now than to wait until hungry animals have caused major damage.

Well, that’s all for this week. I’ll talk to you again next week.

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Tim Lamprey is the owner of Harbor Garden Center on Route 1 in Salisbury. His website is www.Harborgardens.com. Do you have questions for Tim? Send them to ndn@newburyportnews.com, and he will answer them in upcoming columns.

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