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Subject: Apple Trees
Category: General Interest
Posted On: March 02, 2003
From: Mike
Message: I have 8 apple trees that are old and well established but mangled by bears a few years back. I would like to get them back on their feet (roots?) this spring. Can you direct me to information reguarding this procedure?

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From: Robin (March 21, 2003)
Message: Bear damage in the Cariboo is unfortunately a very common thing. First of all, prune out any dead or broken branches. Any water shoots (non-productive branches that grow straight up in the air) or suckers should also be removed. To help prevent bear damage next fall, try to remove fruit as soon as possible as well as pick up any dropped fruit that may attract them to the area. Spraying sulfur around the tree also helps keep them away to an extent. For more pruning info, check out our free seminar on Saturday April the 19th at 1:00pm in the afternoon.

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