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:
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.
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…
Here’s why we love our pecans:
We keep the outer skin of the fruit for use as a hair dye.
Thank you for reading the post and I hope it helps you if you have a problem with crows eating your fruit.