Plan a was to put three trees in the ground and see what happened. No care other than water. I got a great crop 2 years ago, but last year the bugs got them all.
Plan b was to spray twice with once and done this year (though I'm told 4-5 sprays might be needed here). The peaches had minimum bug damage and the peaches looked great--so great that the squirrels ate every one.
Plan c: cover the tree trunks to 2.5-3 feet with some sort of metal tubing squirrels can't climb. My yard borders a creek with 40 ft trees filled with squirrels, it looks like squirrel city in the creek. I'm not inclined to shoot the varmints, I can't leave my dog loose due to coyotes, if I trapped them I'd be making daily releases and I doubt if I'd dent the squirrel population.
Would anyone hazard a guess As to the likelihood of plan c working?