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We have 200 feet of fence line, and used to have groups of arborvitae, a small evergreen cypress, every ten or twenty feet along the fence.  The squirrels used the fence as a combination freeway and buffet line.  They would eat some (or all) of the grapes, stroll farther down the fence, and decimate the berries.  Then on to the tomatoes,  If we saw them and dashed, yelling, from the house, they would vanish into the bushy arborvitae.

Below the arborvitae root, you can read how things have changed.

Here you can see the former arborvitae "groves" to either side of the heron.


Here were the arborvitae near Pear Pond in the FMA. They're all gone now.

We replaced the fence and cut down all the arborvitae.  Now the squirrels cannot make a leisurely stroll and decimate our crops at will, with hiding places just a leap away.  Instead, they must line up at the starting blocks and make a mad dash the full length of the fence to find good cover.

"Scree, scree," Is that a young eagle circling overhead? I hope so.

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