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branches "cut" off apple tree

Posted by mom2d1s 5 (My Page) on
Tue, Sep 3, 13 at 16:25

We have a very old and overgrown apple tree that I love to watch the birds eat from, let the deer enjoy as well. Curious though as to what is "cutting" the upper branches right from the tree. We have noticed some dead pieces that at first we assumed had snapped due to the weight of the apples. But looking at the end, it is a clean, smooth "cut". Now I am noticing many fresh ones as well. The pieces are from main branches that are much to high for deer or rabbits - anywhere from 12' or higher. Strange also because it is only happening in one tree - we have 3 others nearby.


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RE: branches "cut" off apple tree

Picture? How big are the branches? Do you have any nearby neighbors that have a reason for wanting those branches gone? It seems very curious indeed!


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RE: branches "cut" off apple tree

Likely a porcupine.


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RE: branches "cut" off apple tree

Raccoons are a possibility. They go on a feeding round as family. They climb fruit trees and break branches because they are heavy and sometime can go in two on a branch.
I just removed my sweet&Sour cherry because it was full of cherries and disfigured by raccoon because of broken branches, big and small, as they kept coming night after night. It ws the 2nd year of this problem so I removed the mishaped tree.


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RE: branches "cut" off apple tree

Squirrels do a lot of pruning.


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RE: branches "cut" off apple tree

Porcupine! I'll bet, as it wasn't broken but "cut". Porkies can do a lot of damage, and have no problem at all climbing. Good call, Bucky.


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RE: branches "cut" off apple tree

Awesome (note the sarcasm)! Now we need to be cautious since my older dog is determined to conquer the porcupine population.... marknmt- I would have preferred a neighbor! I had NO idea that porcupines climbed trees but thinking about it, the majority of the branches are thick. UGH!


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RE: branches "cut" off apple tree

Sure they can (pick & paste)

http://www.appleman.ca/korchard/porky1.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXr7S3MbAaE

This post was edited by ottawan_z5a on Thu, Sep 5, 13 at 12:36


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