What is your Tip OF The Day?


#727

I was checking for some info about a knife sharpener and saw this little video.It will probably work in a pinch,if a stone or strop isn’t available.bb


#728

“Do not put off til tomorrow what you can do today!”


#729

Great tip. I’m also guilty especially during our hot summer time.


#730

Posted this tip in the grafting thread also. This is just a reminder to all the grafters , not to touch the cut surface of the scions or rootstocks because oils from your skin prevent the graft from taking. Sometimes i see pictures or videos of someone holding the cut surface and i know the graft will fail.


#731

Thanks for the tip. Graft failure can in many cases be attributed to overlooked handling techniques. If grafting inside I usually wash my hands before starting and also avoid touching the fresh cut.


#732

I have taken to carrying a half dozen or so brightly colored clothes pins in my pocket to mark my trees for further attention.

I am currently battling black knot and it seems that I always see a BK strike when I have no pruners on me or it is high enough up in the tree that a ladder is needed. I go back later and half the time I can not locate it again. So now, I mark the tree with a bright clothes pin and have little problem finding it.


#733

Hi Patrick do your borer fly traps attract any beneficials? Im always worried about collateral loss


#734

Great idea. I have also started using clothespins for several applications. The ones I have are made from plan unpainted wood. Are yours painted or are they made from colored plastic?


#735

Colored plastic, think these are the ones…https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003XHD4QO/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1


#736

Funny . . . I’ve never noticed ‘these things before your post’! And we took a country drive last weekend - and low and behold - there were a ‘line of green things’ in someone’s yard!