I was about the yard doing some cleanup. I raked out the shade garden and few other flower beds, moved some old annuals to the compost bins, dropped the mower deck from the tractor and put on the snow plow blade, wheel weights and chains.
While I was working by the shade garden, I noticed a lot of spruce bough tips about the yard. We are not talking just a few, but dozens and dozens and dozens. I've raked them up several times already.
Yeah, I know branches and boughs fall of the trees from time to time, but I think the varmints are up to something.
A few years ago we had dozens of spruce cones piled up against 2 of the spruce trees in the front yard. It seemed very unnatural. A pile of cones right at the base of 2 trees (not all the trees - just 2 of them) - and only on the south side of the trees mind you! Well, that year we ended up having a family of red squirrels in our basement. The cones were a food stash they had created.
Now, I see tons of spruce tips about. I sense the varmints are up to something . . . but what?