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I've seen this apple tree in a garden near here, with the fallen apples in mesh bags piled closely 2' up the trunk, all the way round. Are the rotting apples likely to harm the tree, apart from being very messy and smelly to move?


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Not the best mulch for the apple tree, but in Somerset perhaps they intend to make cider with them after they have been frosted, to break down the starches into sugars.

19 Nov, 2009

 

No - I understand that they asked their gardener to do it, to tidy up the windfalls, Docbob. Will it damage the trunk, do you think?

19 Nov, 2009

 

Strange... never seen or heard of though one of our neighbours has several apple trees and lets all the fruit just fall, never picks any of it (grr) doesn't even offer to neighbours!

19 Nov, 2009

 

It can't be good long term for the trunk but perhaps the gardner is going to go back and remove?

19 Nov, 2009

 

If there are any pigs around they will love the apples!

19 Nov, 2009

 

Hmmm, if it's the garden i think it is, there are pigs there :-)

19 Nov, 2009

 

Oh Louise! LOL!!!!!!!!

Nope, Mg, not as far as I know, anyway - and there are lots more around on the grass! I can't understand why they've asked him to do it, at all. It's a bit unsightly, as well, wouldn't you say?

No 'real' pigs - just sheep and steers around here...oh, and horses!!

19 Nov, 2009

 

The juice from them will damage the roots even now when it's dormant, also it will kill the grass and a host of small flies will breed on them. The blackbirds will peck them just for fun. What a mess.

19 Nov, 2009

 

Hmmm...Maybe I should go and see them...on the other hand, maybe not. Eeeeeuuuuuuggggghhhhh!!!!! It's their problem, really.

19 Nov, 2009

 

Have these people not heard of cider?!!

19 Nov, 2009

 

No idea, Fractal! I just saw this - and wondered about the effect on the poor tree! It is a waste, though.....

19 Nov, 2009

 

I wonder if the bagged apples will be taken away?

19 Nov, 2009

 

I'll keep my eyes open, Fractal.

19 Nov, 2009

 

One bag is not full so how about - its just a place to lean them till they finish the job?

19 Nov, 2009

 

Possibly, Denise - I shall have to await developments!

20 Nov, 2009

 

Apple watch? Spritz must say its got me guessing? Do let us know.

20 Nov, 2009

 

Of course!! I'd like to know, too!

20 Nov, 2009

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