So, our orchard is fairly young and we haven’t been growing trees long enough to get a decent amount of fruit just yet.
However, last year our neighborhood was annihilated by hail…was one of the most expensive storms in State history.
We, along with everybody else in our neighborhood, had to have our roof replaced. One of our cars now resembles a golf ball.
Just this past week, there were two storms that caused some significant damage locally, one to the north and one to the south of us.
This got me to thinking about hail protection and how we may want to mitigate our trees from any possible hail. For those folks that live in areas prone to hail, what have you done to protect your trees if anything at all? Or, do you just live with the threat in hopes your trees are spared? Do you have any photos to share?
Since we live in a suburban area I need to keep thing aesthetically pleasing. I was playing with the idea of using hardware cloth in some fashion. Maybe partial coverage over the trees so that at least some fruit could survive a storm.
Or, maybe just plant more trees with several varieties grafted to them to hedge our bets if hail does hit us.