Water you think?
Wednesday April 23rd 2014, 11:15 pm
Filed under: My Garden,Wildlife

Look! A clamshell tree in full fruit! Eighteen, I think, many covering more than one plum. It does give an interesting visual of the pattern of where the fruit set: the tree bloomed during a series of downpours and the center was clearly the most protected from washing out.

There would be just a few more clamshells if I had them, but the critters haven’t found all the uncovered fruit–yet. The diurnal ones will the moment a touch of color gives them away against the green background. For now, without sweetness to add to the temptation, it was probably an extra disincentive to have a few branches collapse and drop the raccoon to the ground last week.

XKCD shows how we could get young people with really good sound systems in their cars to helpfully distract the squirrels and crows away to the street.

Actually, what I really should do is buy a motion-detector-activated sprinkler system set to go off at night.  Our neighbors who once gave us 40 lbs of plums from their stately old tree before we planted our own say theirs works (and clearly, it does.) It’s just the $8888/pair/on sale hearing aids vs the chances of a good dousing that gives me pause there.  Not to mention I can just picture Richard waking up to the sounds of zapped scavengers at dark o’clock.

Hmm. Yes? No?

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Funny thoughts…I see critters, eyes big and darty, “sneaking” to the tree…then Richard jolted out of that dead sleep. lol! But I don’t wish a poor night’s sleep on anyone, and the hearing aids are WAYYY more important! If you ever DO put in that sprinkler system, you should hear the dark o’clock fun, too!!!

Comment by Pam 04.24.14 @ 11:13 am

I wonder if the same system would deter deer? They are ruining EVERYTHING green in my yard!

Comment by Channon 04.24.14 @ 6:11 pm

A friend’s neighbor had that system to deter the raccoons from his fish pond. And forgot to remind said friend where to stand behind the sensor when feeding the fish. Totally soaked. Make sure there’s an off switch.

Comment by DebbieR 04.25.14 @ 5:12 am

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