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According to this publication from the University of Wisconsin Extension, the larvae of several destructive insects can grow to maturity in windfallen apples: Apple Maggot Flies (pp. 12, 14) Codling Moth (p. 15) Plum Curculio (p. 16) In all three cases, you should remove all windfalls but not compost them (it's recommended that you bury the apples at least ...


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Here in the UK fallen apples are eaten by several species of birds. Here's a quote from this link: The bumper crop of apples nationwide in 2013, and the fact that they stayed on the trees so late in many instances, seems to have provided a bonanza for native and migrant thrushes. The pictured birds below - Blackbird female, Redwing and Fieldfare - were ...


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At this early stage in the life of a young tree your thoughts are best inclined towards making the tree viable in later life. Say you want to plant it out into an open location in a garden. If you let it grow vertically upwards it will eventually grow inconveniently tall for harvesting fruit. A better choice would be to have it produce four sideshoots (N,S,E,...


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Yes, it is possible to produce a tree that doesn't require pruning, but the only one that I know of isn't really a tree in the sense you're thinking of, with branches and a nicely shaped crown. These non-prunable trees (there are several) look more like telephone posts with leaves than anything else - they are a series of "columnar" apple trees; ...


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Western Australia Dept of Ag has an interesting comment on this type of damage. Seems to be due to rats or possums, and they indicate an interesting use of dog hair as deterrent. Might be worth a try. Testing for rats or possums as the culprit might be interesting. Night time recording cameras are becoming more and more available to home gardeners.


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Your olive tree looks very vigorous and healthy so it is in a good location. However the robust health might be one reason why it is not producing fruit. Trees are more useful when they are a bit stressed due to lack of water or nutrient since they are then more apt to produce flowers which then go on to produce fruit. The growth has apparently produced a ...


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