How we saved our pecan harvest from the crows this year – and you can too!

Aloha Farms Food Forest Pecans Ripening

It started when we lost of most of our pecans to the crows last year.  Dozens of them landed in several tall pecan trees in our neighborhood, flapping, cawing and having a good-old time.   They ate from the top branches where most of the nuts were growing, and we could only watch because we couldn’t even reach the pecans.  We got hardly any of the nuts on the tree.

Here’s the good news – this year during their annual pecan-ripening feast, they’ve bypassed our tree and gone on to the taller trees in the area.

Here’s why they’re more interested in the neighbors trees instead.

We decided to trim the height of the tree so the pecans wouldn’t be too high to reach.

Here are some before and after pictures:

Aloha Farms Food Forest Pecan Tree in 2014, before we trimmed off about 1/3 of the height.
The Pecan Tree in 2014, before we trimmed off about 1/3 of the height.

We waited until winter, when the tree was leafless and dormant. It took us less than an hour to trim 1/3 of the height.  We lopped off the vertically growing branches and kept the more horizontal branches.

It didn’t hurt the tree at all – in fact, the tree grew wider and fuller this year.    Now the nuts are at our level and we can get to them as soon as they begin to ripen, thus giving us a fair chance against the crows!  We will trim the tall vertical branches again each winter, because we are so pleased with the results.

Aloha Farms Food Forest Pecan Tree grew fuller and wider after trimming and the fruits were in reach.
The tree grew fuller and wider and the fruits were in reach.

Here’s one more shot from another angle.  See how it’s a lot easier for humans to reach now?  The crows did get some pecans this year, but just wait, we’ll be on the ready next year…

Aloha Farms Food Forest Pecan Tree - Healthier after Trimming 1/3 of Height
Pecan Tree – Healthier after Trimming 1/3 of Height

Here’s why we love our pecans:

Aloha Farms Food Forest Pecans are delicious and good for you!
Pecans are delicious and good for you!
Aloha Farms Food Forest - These beautiful tassels are the pecan tree's flowers. This was in April 2014.
These beautiful tassels are the pecan tree’s flowers.

We keep the outer skin of the fruit for use as a hair dye.

Aloha Farms Food Forest Pecan Fruit Husks Used for Hair Dye
Pecan Fruit Husks Used for Hair Dye

 

Pecan Fruit juice will stain your skin and hair dark brown
Pecan Fruit juice will stain your skin and hair dark brown

See how we use it for hair coloring, and other forest-friendly personal care ideas.

Thank you for reading the post and I hope it helps you if you have a problem with crows eating your fruit.

Aloha! 🙂

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