It's me again. Your advice on fertilizing my newly transplanted tree was invaluable ... the tree is doing very well. (At least, it hasn't died yet.) I have a problem with it, though, and need more advice.
A chipmunk has moved into the soil surrounding the tree. I found a large amount of the dirt piled up around a hole inches from the tree, and knew right away what it was. (I have the little critters all around my property.) I filled in the hole, and scattered moth balls around the perimeter of the transplant; he dug another hole. I put a couple of the mothballs down into the new hole, and filled it in ... he dug another hole and tossed the mothballs out!! Maybe all the holes are beneficial to the new little tree, (think aeration?) I just don't know if he's going to harm the roots or not.
I read about a repellent called "Ropel", but it isn't available in New York State. It's supposed to be the best anti-chipmunk stuff there is. I really don't want to lose this new little tree; am I in trouble? -- pj