Pecan Tree Shake – 12/14/2014

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Danelle’s parents planted some pecan trees in their front yard many years ago. The trees have had many years to grow up and now product pecans. They have spent quite a bit of effort keeping the squirrels off of the trees to protect the nuts.

Because they did a good job protecting the pecans from the animals, the crop of pecans was quite large. Unfortunately, with them up in the tree, the nuts drop randomly and they don’t end up getting nearly as many as available.

In order to combat this year, Danelle had one of her co-worker’s husband Gee (or it could be Guy pronounced as Gee. Sorry if I got it wrong.) came out to help. Gee is a trained tree climber with proper gear to make it safe. We laid out tarps on the ground before Gee got there to ensure that we wouldn’t have to pick up every pecan that fell on the ground.

Gee wasted little time getting out his gear and securing a safety line to assist himĀ  climbing up the trees. IMG_20141214_141621

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Once up in the tree, he used a combination of his safety equipment and agility to shake the branches, dropping the majority of the pecans of each tree down on the tarp. While this sounds easy, it took quite some time for him to get all of the trees cleared of their pecans. I felt guilty just watching, but that was remedied by having to crawl on all fours and pick up pecans that didn’t make it on the tarp. IMG_20141214_153055

Thankfully, the weather was great and lots of family made it less work, as we all did our part and had great conversation. Thanks to Dianna and Gee for helping make this task fun!

Hogan Haake

Squirrel Prevention – 8/19/2012

It seems just nuts, but that’s the whole point. My father-in-law has two pecan trees in his yard. He wants to get the nuts from the trees,but the squirrels think they own the nuts. The one that wins will be the one that gets to the nuts first. The key to keeping the squirrels from the nuts is keeping them out of the trees!

For the last few years they have been winning the war and getting lots of pecans.

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