Very strange circumstances.
We (fruit tree novices) planted these two fruit trees (one apple, one pear) this past July (we are in Southern Ontario, Canada).
They didn't have much of a chance to take hold but we are hopeful for growth next year.
Having not looked at them recently, when I walked past today (early December) I was surprised to see some boughs broken off and lying on the ground.
the breaks seem clean and I would have thought "wind storm" but it's not been that windy and these trees are so skinny that I don't think any wind could catch hold.
I suspected animals of some kind (we are in the country here, Zone 4a/b) but there are not obvious nibble marks.
There are however abrasions on the trunk of one tree.
can anyone shed any light on this mystery?
I was thinking of surrounding the trees with heavy chicken wire. If this is normal for new fruit trees, for how long would one leave it up?