kyle saunders wrote:
I have thousands of trees on the land, and only a dozen fruit trees. Come on squirrels I'll give you a whole acre if you leave me fruit alone ha.
This happened last year, and we assumed that one of us clipped them and forgot. But no one was there for the last month, and when I had a quick visit two days ago two cherry trees and two pears (same trees as last year) were trimmed, with the broken branches at the foot of the tree. The trees did fine in the spring, but I don't want to start over every year.
If deer were the culprit I would expect that the buds and branch tips would be missing, but these are like 2-3 foot whips trimmed off and laying on the ground. The cuts do connect, so I don't think anything took a bite out of them, but the cuts are not so clean to be a smooth machete or hatchet cut (branches are still less than a centimetre diameter) but the cuts are cleaner than if it was just snapped off.
So, 4 trees, two years in a row, shedding whole branches?