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Spruce Trees and the Race to the Top: Pruning a Clear Front-Runner
Often times a spruce tree will produce multiple top stems (terminal leaders) that compete with one another to be the top of the tree. This can decrease the overall vertical growth of the tree as all the energy is going in to multiple leaders. If you have a spruce tree with this problem then you should really consider pruning them back.
No-Frost, Broadcast Clover Seeding. Does it Work?
Did you miss the frost? Has frost seeding not worked out quite like you had expected? Fear not. You may not need it. We've found that clover actually does better on our wet, clay ground when soils are a little warmer and the weeds are still at bay.
Experiences in Planting Hybrid Poplar: Fast Growing After Some Trial & Error
For property owners looking to fill in the landscape, it usually does not take too long before Hybrid Poplar lands on the radar. They are a popular choice for those looking to create wooded landscapes quickly. We have planted several of them on our property and we would definitely give them a thumbs up. But tree planting is often not as simple as just heeling a tree in the ground. As fast as Hybrid Poplar grows, it still took some trial & error on our property.
How Old is that Buck? Ageing Whitetail Deer by their Teeth
Examination of a whitetail deer's teeth to estimate age has been a widely used practice for decades, Its cheap and easy. Anyone can do it with a little research. In recent years, more advanced laboratory-driven methods have arrived. Yet, no method of tooth analysis has ever been proven to be 100% accurate. By itself, tooth analysis may not be all the evidence you need to properly assess a deer's age. But sometimes it is all you have.
Clover: To Mow or Not to Mow. That is the Question.
For years we mowed our clover when it go to be about 10" tall. Beautiful clover. All of it frost-seeded in. But very little deer action. Via a very wet spring, we discovered what we were doing wrong. Turns out mowing it was not in our best interest.
Dolgo Crabapple: A Nice Compliment to the Landscape
Dolgo Crabapple is doing well on our property after just a few years. Easy to maintain and delicious.
Experiences in Establishing Spruce: Part IV, Bare Root in Pots
After much experimentation with bare root seedlings, we finally decided the best place for them would be in a pot for a couple of years as opposed to planting them directly in the ground.
Experiences in Establishing Spruce: Part III, 2/2 Bare Root
In the last article, we discussed our experiences with 2/0 bare root spruce seedlings. Survival rate for our 2/0 bare root seedlings was very poor. We had far better success with 2/2 (4 year old) bare root seedlings in terms of survival, which is the most important thing. Immediate growth? That's another story.
Experiences in Establishing Spruce: Part II, 2/0 Bare Root
2/0 bare root seedlings are the most popular size of bare root seedlings purchased on the market. They are the cheapest and easiest to plant but they also have a high rate of failure. Some get a decent amount of success. For others, such as myself, very few that make it.
Experiences in Establishing Spruce: Part I, Introduction
Establishing spruce trees on our newly purchased property was a long-term process. You only get a chance to plant them once per year and it will be many months before you can measure success/failure. We went through many trials and tribulations before finding a way to get them to survive on our heavy clay. We have chronicled our experiences in planting spruce trees and what we had to do to get them survive.
NorWhite Spruce Nursery
Truly potted spruce trees. Grown entirely in containers since germination for a superior root and branching system. Wintered outdoors for a hardy tree.
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