As I said here? or on another DOW topic? that I would be super busy in the Spring high-growth time individually forestry line trimmer hogging out the 2200+ Doug Fir seedlings we re-planted 3 and 4 years ago. Need to knock back the spontaneous growths for competition for light, nutrients and water especially in the upcoming 6-8 weeks of annual Summer drought here.
Again we are trying to make a diverse forest habitat; NOT just a fir tree mono crop plantation.
Lots and lots of garder snakes, rabbits, mice, voles, ravens, hawks out there now this year.
Lots of birds, chipmunk/squirrels planted in filberts and mountain ash seedlings growing there now too.
So slow careful going at this to save as many as possible desirable’s.
My worst nemesis neighbor was a great time saver by fence hopping afternoon of May the 30th and back-pac glyphosate spraying about 8 of the 10 acres affecting about 1000 of the DF trees. At least 400 have by now died.
He was angry at me for dig-in replacing five wooden fence posts on put in place back 1989 by survey between us that he has been trying to forced moved for the last 18 years. He is a married into the area newcomer in 2001.
A forester nightmares: fires; diseases; human damages.
Ha! Porcupines and tops cutters birds I can shoot-kill.
Life goes on.
The 5 year ago planted apple, prune/plumb trees are 10-15 feet high now and fruits setting for the last two years. Still waiting on the new cherry trees to fruits set.
28 of the this Springs planted Ash trees are still doing fine. Lost two of the 30 Red Alder to mice/rats; two more to deer; and one to my weed-eater sucked in from mowing down the wild crowding in daisys.
Stop talking, postulating, pontificating, and go out and plant some trees!!!
They do/will grow despite losses.
The real loss is the year by year Time you have lost by not doing anything except jabber-do-nothing.
Time you will never get back.
Time is what this grumpy chemical-happy baby tree-killer neighbor stole from us.
You NOT doing any trees planting; year by year; waiting/waiting; for-the-perfect time/ the-perfect-understandings, are stealing from yourselves, your children, and their futures…
tree farmer Steve unruh