Preventing cicada damage to fruit trees
This has been a tough year
for our fruit trees. The waves of sound from the periodic
cicadas made us feel
like we were enjoying a spring by the seashore, and the chickens loved
the high protein snacks. But as the insects' reign came to an
end, the female cicadas laid eggs in tender twigs of blueberries,
apples, pears, and peaches. Many young limbs simply perished from
the onslaught, and everyone was set back.
Luckily, periodic cicadas
only come around every 13 or 17 years, and since cicadas prefer young
trees, we might be out of the woods by the next emergence date.
Experts also suggest marking your calendar with the possible years you
may see periodic cicadas, then delaying winter pruning until the
cicadas are gone so you can deal with damage without taking away too
much young wood. (You can look up emergence
dates for your area here, but the site didn't have
information about our local population this year, so take the
information with a grain of salt.)
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