Now that winter has ended we have the opportunity to study how the balloons that were used as Oak budcaps performed. As expected the balloons prevented deer from browsing the buds. What we weren't sure of was whether or not the balloons would deteriorate enough to allow for new growth in the spring.
A picture is worth a thousand words. In all cases the balloons broke down as we had hoped. This is good news. We will begin identifying critical areas to balloon budcap this coming fall.
Thank you to Bill Foss from the Mn Department of Natural Resources for sharing his experience and getting us started off on the right foot.