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I have heard that bottle trees in the south were hung from the trees in a fashion that allowed the wind to blow over the openings . This created sounds...howls...moans...ghostly sounds...so as not to catch the evil spirit but rather to scare them off!
Thank you for the article and photos. I had two bottle trees cut both rotted and fell over. When a tree dies - i only cut to 7 or 8 feet and then make bottle tree...few years later after nature takes its course (aided by a good storm) and down it comes. And it rots right at the ground level which is nice. Our neighbors son welded a nice one for our shared space. I donated the weld gas and the bottles and she the rebar and her talented welding son! I ask local bars for bottles - they are happy to give. Got two reds!!!!
I find that going up a walkway a tree of all brown bottles is very striking and the availibility of so many sizes really makes for a nicely shaped and dense tree.
I am intrigued by the bottle trees. Cannot decide whether or not I like them, but if they scare the destructive wildlife out of my garden, I'm all for it. Anyone know if they might keep the deer and woodchucks away with the sun shining off of them or the wind whistling through them?
I don't know--readers? Do you have experience with this aspect of gardening with bottle trees for gardengirl86? I wish I could be more helpful! Also, I can tell you that garden pests in Texas are completely (well, mostly) different!
What the heck? I typed a response right after GG asked her question. Guess it didn't stick.
Bottle trees didn't help one bit with keeping critters away. We didn't "hang" in a fashion to induce the singing however. It seems that the tree tops sway on our property (wooded) but the breezes don't often make it to the ground level and so the bottles wouldn't sing anyway -- so I spike in -- not hang.
The sun glinting off may have some impact on birds -- but can't say for sure. That being said, the critters browse everything ( just about ) and what the deer don't get, the squirrels and rabbits break and eat -- and so a colorful and architectural bottle tree goes a long way toward adding beauty and hardscape/structure to the garden since rabbits and deer will not have impact. Garden art well chosen and place really helps to make up for the inability to keep the trees and plants that we can't have.