Squirrel Apocalypse or Helpful Pruning

The oak tree planted twenty years ago has been prolific this fall in producing acorns. I am not the only one that noticed. The squirrels have been gathering acorns for weeks.

I can put up with the squirrels taking the acorns and digging holes all over my yard and garden beds, but to get the acorns they have been cutting off branches and covering the bed under the tree and front yard with them. I am not sure if all of this pruning will be helpful to my oak tree.

12 Comments on “Squirrel Apocalypse or Helpful Pruning”

  1. I have mixed feelings about squirrels. They usually leave things alone until one of my snowbird neighbors feeds them peanuts – then they dig up pots and leave me peanuts in the cushions on my porch. That drives the dog crazy. ugh..

  2. shoreacres says:

    Your situation brought me to this really interesting article. I’d assumed that they were gathering nesting material, since this has been happening with our cypress trees for the past weeks. It seems there may be other reasons, too, including some nutritional reasons.

  3. Cathy says:

    Oh dear! Hopefully they’ll finish the harvesting soon and move on! 😉

  4. Eliza Waters says:

    Since they evolved together, I’d guess the tree can take it, maybe it even helps. 🙂

  5. Misti says:

    The squirrels have been pruning our hickories this year, too! Interesting to hear you had a good acorn year as it seems some trees around me also did too.

  6. Deb says:

    I didn’t know squirrels would “prune” like that. It probably won’t mess your tree up , sure did your yard.

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