Thursday, April 24, 2014

Possum protection

Over the Easter weekend, David installed plastic protectors on the trees in the front paddock and along the side of the shed, designed to make it harder for marauding possums to climb them. The little buggers have been climbing all the young silver birch trees at night and snapping off the top branches under their weight as they try to reach the tender new leaves at the top. I hope it stops them decimating the nice little oak tree at the back steps next spring too.

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  1. Hello Susan
    I am wondering how successful were the plastic possum protectors installed in 2014?
    Kind regards
    Robert Watkinson

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  2. Hello Susan
    I am wondering how successful were the plastic possum protectors installed in 2014?
    Kind regards
    Robert Watkinson

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    1. They didn't work so well when they were installed at ground level - some possums still jumped up, although there was less damage. So my husband trimmed off a few more of the lower branches and moved the plastic higher up the trees (attached to a branch) and it seems to have worked a treat. No further possum damage last year.
      Cheers
      Susan

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    2. Robert WatkinsonJune 23, 2016 at 9:20 AM

      Thank you Susan for your reply. Very helpful - I hope you can be so kind to advise where you purchased the plastic and what was used to join each?

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    3. It was actually leftover corrugated polycarbonate sheet (the kind often used for roofing outdoor areas) that we had already - otherwise I might have picked a clear plastic instead of white! Husband drilled holes and tied the sheets together with plastic cable ties. The tied can also be used to hang the sheets off branches.

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