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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-07-2020, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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Replace pines with what?

I've got about an acre of 40 ft tall white pines. They have no branches lower than 20 ft so they have little to no benefit to wildlife. I've taken down, delimbed, cut, and stack about 10 so far. Plenty left to go. There are a handful of white oaks mixed in so I was thinking chestnuts should do well. Anyone have experience clearing and replanting without doing major soil amendments? I'm fine doing a soil sample but I would like to grow something that likes the soil I have.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-08-2020, 07:40 AM
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Investigate the Washington Hawthorn. Fairly small tree, as it wont get more than 20 feet or so. It is a deep winter food provider. Deer and grouse visit mine.
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Here's an idea to consider. Leave some white pines around a perimeter for a windbreak and visual cover, then open up the interior and plant hardwood trees and shrubs. Since a few white oaks are already growing there, those would be a good bet.
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Cut it and just let it regen naturally. We did this a few years ago, and it's a deer hot spot.
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Cut it and just let it regen naturally. We did this a few years ago, and it's a deer hot spot.
Did you let the trees lay, or clear the ground?
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White pine logs on the ground will biodegrade rather quickly.

If they're 40 feet tall............you just MAY be able to find a logger to come in and save you a whole bunch of work. White pine makes good lumber.
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we have been clearing on some property and have replaced with sawtooth oak. 5-6 years they start producing. Been pretty productive.
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Cut it and just let it regen naturally. We did this a few years ago, and it's a deer hot spot.
Did you let the trees lay, or clear the ground?
Left them lay. It's good cover and the Regen thickened it up.
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we have been clearing on some property and have replaced with sawtooth oak. 5-6 years they start producing. Been pretty productive.
Sawtooth oaks are non-native trees from Asia. Producing acorns early sounds good.

But I recommend planting only native trees and shrubs.

We don't need more invasive plants.
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Thanks for the ideas guys. I won't be planting this year(at least not planning on it), but am excited at how much will just grow up when sunlight can finally hit the ground.
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