Monday, October 06, 2014

The Creatures of Fall

 Well it’s that time of year again.  The leaves have turned and are starting to fall off the trees.  As my family and I walked thru
Bois-des-esprits Forest (At  St.Annes and Shorehill Rd)to visit the spirit tree, we see a family of deer running thru the forest. 
Soon the deer, rabbits and small critters like mice and voles will be looking for new sources of food.  Once the leaves are gone 
and the grass is covered by snow these animals will turn to the next closest source.  Which is usually our valued trees and shrubs.  
So before the snow comes you need to protect your plants.  Applying skoot is one of the best methods to protect your plants.
Skoot is a repellent that was developed to taste bad to the animals, after one taste they won't come back for more.  It is can be 
applied  once the trees and shrubs are dormant.  But before it gets below zero during the day time.
You can apply Skoot by painting the undiluted product directly on the bark or by diluting it with equal parts of water and 
spraying it on the plants using a pump sprayer.  This is the easiest way by far.
For shrubs, you want to apply a light spray of Skoot starting at the base of the plant and going approximately four to five feet high.
You have to picture how high up can a rabbit reach when it is sitting on top of the snow in mid winter.  
For trees you want a light spray on all sides of the trunk and on the lower branches again in the 4-5 ft range.  Make sure that you get 
all sides of the trunk.  
SKOOT Repellent for Rabbits, Mice and Deer concentrate when applied, will protect on an 
average the following number of plants, according to size: 
 Age Approx. Height Trees/litre 
 1yr. 0.3-0.5 metres 250-400 
 2yr. 0.5-1.0 metres 125-200 
 3yr. 1.0-2.0 metres 60-100 
 4yr. 1.0-2.5 metres 40-60 
 5yr. 2.0-4.0 metres 20-40
 Drop by the garden centre and we can help you with all your fall gardening questions.
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