I put in my blueberry hedge in September. Well, it didn't take long for the critters to discover them, and they immediately devoured the tender stems:
I recently surveyed the damage and could see that if these bushes are going to survive, they are going to need protection of some sort. This picture shows nibbled branches:
I also needed to amend the soil, because the soil test reported that this soil is too alkaline. I added some "Holly Food", which is good for blueberries, too. It needs to be applied again in a couple of months:
So, I picked up some wire mesh and constructed some "cages" yesterday (April 22). After I amended the soil, I buried the bottoms of the cages in the soil and covered them with some dirt and mulch, to help keep them anchored:
Today, I went out to inspect them, and I discovered that some creature was trying to dig under the cages!!! Four of them!!!!
I was glad to know that I had protected these plants. Well, later in the day, I caught the creature in the act:
I had to put Shadow in the house after he did it again.
Anyway, like the fruit trees, I never got around to pruning the older blueberry bushes, and will have to make it a priority next March. It's not the end of the world, but neglecting the bushes sure won't bring much fruit.
Incidentally - one of the biggest mistakes I made was buying such immature plants. I should have paid more to have bigger plants, then we'd be eating blueberries so much sooner. I'll be lucky if I get blueberries in 3 to 5 years!