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Blueberries, Dwarf Apples vs. Local Wildlife

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Hi everyone,
I have some questions about growing highbush blueberries & dwarf apple trees in my small urban yard. Well really it is the edge of our driveway. 1) Our neighborhood is absolutely infested with chipmunks. Last year during black raspberry season, I saw them leaping off the ground to steal raspberries off our canes. What are my organic options for protecting the blueberries & apples? 2) I'm concerned about pollination. It's my observation that we get very little in the way of honeybees or bumblebees in the neighborhood. (I know that we are within a 6.5-mile radius of a few beekeepers' hives.) I see cabbage white butterflies regularly & little else. Will we have to self-pollinate the blueberries or apples? 3) I regularly see leaf borers killing rose bushes in the neighborhood. Are they a threat to the apples or blueberries? If yes, what is the best way to manage them?
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2) Pollination...
One thing to consider about pollinators, is that you may not be seeing the ones that are there. Or, they may be there when you are not watching. Various blooms produce their nectar at different times of day. As I understand it, honey bees foraging beyond 3 1/2 miles form their hive use more energy on their trip then the nectar they have collected can sustain. So you likely won't benefit from those specific hives. But as it is hard to catch every swarm from the hives, you likely have some feral colonies in the neighborhood.
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