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Hail damaging new trees

 
elle sagenev
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I just planted a ton of new trees last weekend. We are expecting a serious storm, possible tornados. For sure hail. The hail is what concerns me the most. The trees are brand new, whips. Some of them have a few leaves so far but the majority don't. Will this damage them overly much? I can't cover them all but man would I like to.
 
Russell Olson
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I had a big hailstorm early into the season. Anything that was leafed out got hammered, but the trees that weren't yet are just fine.
I'd protect anything with broad, low branches. Good luck!
 
Craig Dobbelyu
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We had a small hail storm a week ago, just as many of the trees were in full bloom and some of the early crops were just sprouting true leaves. After a quarter of an inch of pea sized hail battered them, I thought well... so much for apples and kohlrabi. But, it looks like it'll all be ok. New leaves are growing on the tiny stems of the beaten brassicas and it seems that apple blossoms can be quite tolerant of a beating if it's at just the right time.
Any of the trees that lost leaves seem to be recovering and even some of the ones I thought were done for, seem to be putting up new shoots.

At the very least this will be a learning experience. If you can protect only some of them, choose those that are most likely to catch hell.
Good luck
 
John Wolfram
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I once dropped a 50+ foot tall tree directly on top of a recently planted plum tree. While the part above ground was damaged quite badly, the roots were completely unaffected and today you can't see see any difference between the tree that was damaged and the other nearby trees that were planted at about the same time. One thing I would suggest is that right after the storms you go out and turn any jagged tears in the branches into clean cuts.
 
elle sagenev
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Thanks! I think I'll go cover the baby bushes. I think they'll get damaged more than the new fruit trees. Last years fruit trees are on their own. May God be with those beautiful survivors! lol
 
elle sagenev
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It did not hail. It didn't even rain. Who would have thought I'd wish we got hit by hail.
 
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