Cleaning Tree Tubes

In our vineyards we use tree tubes to protect the vines from wandering deer.  Once the vines reach the top of the trellis they are safer.  Last month we cleaned out some old tree tubes with a hot water pressure washer.  We set the temperature to about 150 degrees and used a sewer nozzle.  The nozzle had one jet of water shooting out the front and five angled backwards.  The pressure washer tip and nozzle were then attached to a saw horse.

Rachel slid the old tree tubes over the nozzle which blew out all of the dirt, dead leaves, and spiders.  It was a wet and messy job but it will be great to reuse 300 tree tubes on the Pinots, Cabs, and Corot Noirs!