How big does apple have to be to remove rodent guards?
Planted a Goldrush whip in 2008; it's about 15 ft tall now with approx 2.5" caliper. How long do I need to keep its trunk wrapped (chicken wire) to ward off chewing mammals?
Also while I'm at it, the tree appears to be setting a lot of fruit this year. Last year we got 4 apples. How many fruits would you think it would be ok to let it bear this year?