Just finished tree planting

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  1. bird whisperer

    bird whisperer 10 pointer

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    I just finished planting 200 trees I ordered last fall from the State. When I placed the order I requested delivery in March. Well March came and went without a delivery. A few phone calls later they showed up on April 9th. Started planting last Saturday and finished the last of them today.

    50 Chinese Chestnuts, 50 Pawpaws, 50 Hazelnuts and 50 White Oaks.

    I checked on some of the first ones planted and they are starting to bud out. Next, I want to put a mulch ring or weed guard around as many as I can to aide in early growth and put cages around as many as possible to keep the deer from rubing them in the fall. I may look for tomato cages when they go on sale. The last trees I planted I caged with rebar mesh but building that many cages would likely break the bank and the cages do not need to be 5 feet tall.
    All in all I am very pleased in the quality of the trees I recieved and I was amazed at the roots on the chestnut trees.
     
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  2. Ataulbe1

    Ataulbe1 10 pointer

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    Where were you able to get pawpaw's from? I've hard a hard time finding any live trees for reasonable prices and they can't be grown from dried seed.
     
  3. bird whisperer

    bird whisperer 10 pointer

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    Ordered all the trees from the Kentucky Division of Forestry. They had a limited quantity of Pawpaws last year and they went fast.
     
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    ojibwa62 12 pointer

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    https://www.flatwoodnatives.com/trees/pawpaw/

    The price is for 9 trees potted not bare root..
     
  5. bird whisperer

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    One of the last White Oaks I planted is budding out nicely. B0D7A690-0C0F-4632-87E3-C1E972AA148A.jpeg
     
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  6. carnivore

    carnivore 12 pointer

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    I would check on the oaks... deer stripped the leaves (of the ones I planted) the day after they popped and bit a few trees in half. I suggest caging them asap. I am doing all of mine this week, you have a little more time on the persimmons (if you planted any) and i dont plan on caging the pawpaws.
     
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  7. Rut-n-Strut

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    Plan on protecting them ASAP or risk losing them (except maybe the paw paws)! The deer will usually keep nipping them and prevent them from growing any larger.
     
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  8. HuntsItAll

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    Just curious as to how you planted all you trees?? My brother in law says he has a tool he uses. kinda like a wedge that just opens up the ground and after you put the tree in, you just step on each side to close back up the gap?? I planted about 25 trees from the FSA office last week, and used a shovel and dug the holes. Took me a while.... Searching for a better way.
     
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  9. bird whisperer

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    I uses these two types of shovel. The larger trees required a true hole be dug. There were several of the smaller trees that were planted by opening a wedge with the small shovel like in pic 2 and 3, place tree in wedge opening and then simply step on both sides. There were a lot that were planted in small holes like in the 4th pic. Planting 200 trees was no small feat but it went much faster than one might think. E49F0CAC-F595-4CF7-9608-4E74D7C23938.jpeg 977CC8BA-3D6E-47E8-9940-D49E1027B36D.jpeg CC84170C-AE2D-4FC9-9723-3E5B73E95D0F.jpeg B15D1046-F6DA-43DC-A397-D86BEA5002D7.jpeg
     

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  10. bird whisperer

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    Started making cages Sunday. Using 2”x4” 14ga welded wire fencing 4’ tall. Cut the outside run of wire off and it makes a nice self holding anchor system. 713705A9-DD13-4453-94C9-266E843BB125.jpeg

    Some trees are coming along better than others. A31950E1-0667-4C82-B1A1-CC9A023262D6.jpeg

    Installed weed gard on some and will eventually add some mulch to cut back on weed copetition and help with moisture retention. 9E88CBF2-542B-4AEC-9D64-2BD5462D437B.jpeg F69FD310-7B1D-4208-ABDA-D45544EE551B.jpeg
     
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  11. carnivore

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    I couldnt get my tractor up the soggy muddy hill to plant so i was hauling everything by hand wearing football cleats. 20 bags of topsoil 2 squares of peat moss. 4 cages at a time, metal stakes, and the tree bundles. Took a lot of extra time. Id say the most time consuming was clearing out unwanted trees and clearing brush before i could even plant some areas.
    Definitely worth the effort if i can get some of these trees to take. My survival rate on 40 trees was 85 percent last year. I planted 120 smaller seedlings the year before and only had 1 survivor which was a huge setback.
     
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