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some.aspen regen cut

I am having a logger do aproximately 3 acres of clear cutting some aspen.leaving all the oak and hinge cutting what else I don't want.
He has taken some out and will probably finish up in the next couple weeks.
Along with the aspen regenerating on its own,I would like to try and taking some of the tops and sticking them in the ground.My question to whom ever wishes to give me an answer. Is how long do I make my cuttings? How do I store them? because I would want get them soon after they have fallen before the deer get them. and has anyone else have sucess doing this?
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-14-2012, 11:52 PM
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Re: some.aspen regen cut

make cuttings from last years growth. 9-12 inches long. Dip in rooting hormone, bundle in roups of 25-50,pack in moist saw dust, refrigerate in dark 34 degrees. Plant as soon as you can in April/early May. Plug into ground leaving 1-2 buds above ground line.
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Re: some.aspen regen cut

If the area you are cutting gets good sun then I wouldn't waste my time. You'll have way more new shoots than you'll know what to do with.
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Re: some.aspen regen cut

Yep, agree with Bake. My aspen regen cuts have produced thousands of saplings. More than I could (or would) ever do through cuttings and planting. As long as it's a near clearcut you should spnd your energy in other parts of your property.

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Re: some.aspen regen cut

I have some areas I don't want to regen. If I cut in the spring after leaf out will that minimize regen?

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Re: some.aspen regen cut

Just a thought, never actually seen it done, but in the upper midwest (Wisconsin, partso of the UP) where they are intentionally regenerating Aspen, they used to run very heavy disks over the root systems which would make them root coppice (i.e. sprout from roots) a whole lot.
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Re: some.aspen regen cut

Thanks for the info guys.Since it sounds like I should have good regen I won't do as much as I had planned.But want to try some just for the fun of it.I do have alot of work scheduled on the rest of the proberty to do this spring.Still working on getting 17 acres hinged cut before spring tree planting gets here.

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Re: some.aspen regen cut

Make sure you don't have too much shade in the area you are regenerating aspen. We generally do a 100% removal when for aspen. I don't blame you for leaving the oaks, but if your goal is the aspen, you may want to take some of them out as well.

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Re: some.aspen regen cut

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make cuttings from last years growth. 9-12 inches long. Dip in rooting hormone, bundle in roups of 25-50,pack in moist saw dust, refrigerate in dark 34 degrees. Plant as soon as you can in April/early May. Plug into ground leaving 1-2 buds above ground line.
Can peat moss be substituted for sawdust?

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Make sure you don't have too much shade in the area you are regenerating aspen. We generally do a 100% removal when for aspen. I don't blame you for leaving the oaks, but if your goal is the aspen, you may want to take some of them out as well.
x2....I wouldnt hinge cut anything in the aspen cut. If regeneration of aspen is your goal, cut everything as low to the ground as possible completely severing the tree. If you want to leave scattered oaks, make sure they are very scattered. For every tree you leave, you will get a decrease in aspen regeneration. Sometimes as much as 35% or more.

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