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Old 07-14-2012, 02:56 PM   #51
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Hogs are really tearing up milo
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Old 07-14-2012, 02:58 PM   #52
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Sunflowers are going strong
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Old 07-14-2012, 03:01 PM   #53
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Milo starting to head out. Between sunflowers and Milo should be a.few dove around this year, I hope.
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Old 07-15-2012, 09:33 PM   #54
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Old 07-17-2012, 07:03 PM   #55
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It looks to me like it is time to start pruning your trees. Absent proper pruning, it will be a VERY slow growing process. Get the energy groing up rather than out and you'll have "trees" twice as quick. I'd cut off everything from 2/3 down.
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Old 07-18-2012, 04:25 PM   #56
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It looks to me like it is time to start pruning your trees. Absent proper pruning, it will be a VERY slow growing process. Get the energy groing up rather than out and you'll have "trees" twice as quick. I'd cut off everything from 2/3 down.
Now or wait till fall?
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Old 07-18-2012, 04:36 PM   #57
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I think this project is moving faster than some of mine......
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Old 07-19-2012, 03:28 PM   #58
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Now or wait till fall?
Please do not take me as a degreed arborist...I am not. Just lots of experience and a best friend who got his masters in forestry - emphasis on urban trees.

I understand you should not prune oaks between March and June. I believe this is mostly live oaks, due to the spread of oak wilt. Don't believe that would be an issues with your trees.

I am trimming the HECK out of oak trees right now...every evening.

Also - replant in the fall, when trees are dormant.

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Old 07-19-2012, 03:44 PM   #59
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Please do not take me as a degreed arborist...I am not. Just lots of experience and a best friend who got his masters in forestry - emphasis on urban trees.

I understand you should not prune oaks between March and June. I believe this is mostly live oaks, due to the spread of oak wilt. Don't believe that would be an issues with your trees.

I am trimming the HECK out of oak trees right now...every evening.

Also - replant in the fall, when trees are dormant.

You can trim the lower portion of these trees year around. It will be the best for them as said above.............
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Please do not take me as a degreed arborist...I am not. Just lots of experience and a best friend who got his masters in forestry - emphasis on urban trees.

I understand you should not prune oaks between March and June. I believe this is mostly live oaks, due to the spread of oak wilt. Don't believe that would be an issues with your trees.

I am trimming the HECK out of oak trees right now...every evening.

Also - replant in the fall, when trees are dormant.
I bought $60 worth of trimmers at lunch, so don't go to backing up on the pro arboist thing! Time to trim!
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:15 PM   #61
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The more the better, I say. When I work on an established, untouched oak, by the time I am finished, it looks like a Halloween skelaton. Looks a little funny until the next growth period, when it fills in and 90% of the growth is UP.

Good luck!
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Old 08-14-2012, 04:01 PM   #62
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Old 08-14-2012, 04:04 PM   #63
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Couple pics of sunflowers.
Hope they mature in time for dove to be in there by first of September.
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Old 03-29-2013, 03:45 PM   #64
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250 pecan trees planted today along with about 50 sawtooth oaks.
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Old 03-29-2013, 03:51 PM   #65
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Planted my corn and sunflowers last week. Timing should be better this year. Last year the sunflowers were about three weeks late for dove season.

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Old 03-29-2013, 09:57 PM   #66
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How much are those trees each when they are that small?
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Old 03-30-2013, 11:11 AM   #67
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This is a really cool project, keep at it. I'm excited to see what it becomes over the years.
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Old 03-30-2013, 11:24 PM   #68
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How much are those trees each when they are that small?
$0.25-.50/each
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Old 04-01-2013, 12:27 PM   #69
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Looking good. How did the pruning turn out? We've had very good luck pruning hard woods as stated in an earlier post and encouraging upward growth. Good luck
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Old 04-01-2013, 01:51 PM   #70
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Looking good. How did the pruning turn out? We've had very good luck pruning hard woods as stated in an earlier post and encouraging upward growth. Good luck
since I did it toward the end if growing season I won't be able to tell until this year.
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:39 PM   #71
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Looks good!

Do you have irrigation for the trees? I've had terrible luck planting seedlings in the spring. They just can't seem to make it thru the brutal summers.

From now on I'm going to plant seedlings only in the fall. Good luck on your project!
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:06 PM   #72
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Sawtooth oaks did great, even though I planted during the worst drought in years. I did water all,I could using a 55 gallon water barrel. Hope the pecan will do as well as the sawtooth.
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:53 PM   #73
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Pretty cool project!

Have you thought about irrigating? 1/2 poly is inexpensive, and with micro tubing and drippers you could likely get water to all of your trees on a single run.
Staking them and using a bamboo rod to train them up will speed the growth process as well.
Depending how serious you are about weed removal there is a product called "weed badger" pto driven tiller for orchard setting. 99% awesome! Everything else the spot sprayer should handle.
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:23 PM   #74
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Planting a few hundred more. this time a mix of sawtooth and pecan. I would guess 90%+ survival on trees.
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:04 PM   #75
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Looks good. Planting trees is addicting!
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:11 PM   #76
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See what I mean
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:58 PM   #77
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First stage of addiction,.is to admit you have a problem:-) . What are all of those?
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:17 AM   #78
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Olives, just under 16k of them
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:50 AM   #79
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You must really like olives
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That is awesome!
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Old 06-05-2013, 07:55 PM   #81
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Don't make fun of the not so straight rows, but got corn planted between the trees this year as well as some sunflower. 4 rows of corn, 3 different rows of plantings, each one about 1000 yards long. Not sure how much corn that will make but would be a good amount.
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The sunflowers
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Old 06-05-2013, 07:58 PM   #83
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Trees looking good..
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:06 PM   #84
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Pecans that got planted this year.
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:08 PM   #85
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And one to show growth of the original sawtooth.
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:59 PM   #86
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Cool! I love it! I have often wondered what it would take to "reclaim" a piece of property back to wooded cover?
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Old 06-05-2013, 11:37 PM   #87
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Looks good.

Have you ever thought about planting some chestnut trees? They would do really well in your area. I've got some Dunstan's going right now.
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Old 06-06-2013, 10:19 AM   #88
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Looks good.

Have you ever thought about planting some chestnut trees? They would do really well in your area. I've got some Dunstan's going right now.
I'm going to plant some chestnuts next year. I need to check on where to get a couple hundred of them.
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Old 06-07-2013, 01:13 AM   #89
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I'm going to plant some chestnuts next year. I need to check on where to get a couple hundred of them.
Chestnuts are alot more expensive than other trees. I started my own form seed over the winter and will plant them in the fall. Definitely the cheapest way to go. You can buy nuts off ebay starting around Sept/Oct.

If you buy them here is a good place that has about the cheapest bare root seedlings I've seen.
http://www.empirechestnut.com/catalog.htm
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Old 01-08-2014, 12:13 PM   #90
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How old are the trees in the most recent pics, 2 or 3 years old?

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I would stop killing all the weeds. Weeds are not always the enemy. They provide shade for the soil. Hold the soil in place and add nutrients back to the soil when they die. Weeds can be very helpfull. How many trees do you see in nature growing is bare dirt? Weeds help airiate the soil, have deep roots that can reach nutrients deep and then when they die they deposit those nutrients on top of the soil in form of decaying plant matter. Also known as compost. Your fighting the wrong battle.
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Your fighting the wrong battle.
Looks like it's working for him to me
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I may have missed it, but what did you end up doing about the cows?
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I would stop killing all the weeds. Weeds are not always the enemy. They provide shade for the soil. Hold the soil in place and add nutrients back to the soil when they die. Weeds can be very helpfull. How many trees do you see in nature growing is bare dirt? Weeds help airiate the soil, have deep roots that can reach nutrients deep and then when they die they deposit those nutrients on top of the soil in form of decaying plant matter. Also known as compost. Your fighting the wrong battle.
This makes 1000% sense!! Organic garden show I listen too quotes an old friend that used to say "If weeds can't grow in a dirt patch, I would be more worried about what's in the dirt."

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I would stop killing all the weeds. Weeds are not always the enemy. They provide shade for the soil. Hold the soil in place and add nutrients back to the soil when they die. Weeds can be very helpfull. How many trees do you see in nature growing is bare dirt? Weeds help airiate the soil, have deep roots that can reach nutrients deep and then when they die they deposit those nutrients on top of the soil in form of decaying plant matter. Also known as compost. Your fighting the wrong battle.
You may very well be right, but weeds would choke out all the sunlight. I figured the sunlight was more important??????
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I may have missed it, but what did you end up doing about the cows?
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I may have missed it, but what did you end up doing about the cows?
I guess the neighbor moved them. It is about a 2000ac place behind me, and they were also getting in the farmers soybeans. I think the farmer got them to just move them to a different area. I hadn't thought about it, but I don't think I have seen a cow in that pasture since.
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What about deer? Had any problems with deer rubbing them, etc...?

I have read of others using tube starters, but looks like u did fine without any...
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