2 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday: les bovins

  1. Do you know why the bottoms of the trees are painted white? There is a little apple orchard near here where they do that too, but I don’t know why.

  2. I just googled it and got these reasons:
    – prevent sun scald
    – makes it easier to spot (apple) borer infestation
    – prevent bark splitting (from cold)
    – prevent rabbits, etc., from nibbling bark
    But I’ve also read that it’s not necessary for any of the above.

    Also people do it:
    – to prevent motorists from crashing into trees
    – for tradition – They like the look of it

    I think in the case of this park, it is a style thing. It helps emphasize the regular pattern of the trees, especially in night lighting.

    I often like the look of painted trunks as a nod to (mostly European) tradition.

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