Intensive Plantations

Lucifer f94m at
Fri Oct 17 18:57:39 EST 1997

Paul Morgan wrote:
> Anders Axelsson wrote in article
> <01bcd48e$026131e0$3f13b4c1 at>...
> >
> >
> >Paul Morgan <t2r6 at> wrote in article
> ><61eq4f$bgq at>...
> >> 2) Plant 8x8, but at each thinning plant a shade tolerant tree to replace
> >> each thinned tree.
> >Given your objective (avoid the clear-cut) I´d go for alternative 2,with
> >the addition that I´d prune only the finest
> >pines in a 14x14 pattern.By planting 5x7, as we do, you`d further increase
> >the chances
> >of having pines that are worth pruning.Your shade-resistant trees would
> >impede the
> >final harvest and most likely get damaged too,but if you want a forest for
> >your great-
> >grandchildren to play in,it`s a great idea.
> >
> >AA
> >
> >
> Do you know if  the 14x14 pattern is feasible in Maine?
> I've done some harvesting with a old JD crawler and am pretty sure I can
> thin/harvest with minimal damage with 8' spacing.  My heart says to get a
> couple of Belgians which should handle the 7' spacing.
> I've got some work to do on the shade-tolerants.  I've seen what appear to
> be perfectly healthy, 2' tall Balsam Firs under 70 year old pasture spruces
> that have more than 30 rings as well as 2-3" diameter rock maples 30' tall
> poking above 20' tall spruce canopies.  Neither of these, of course, would
> do me much good.
> I've read some where that  fertilizing is typically not done in the north as
> the payback time is too great.  Even if this is true, I'm going to try it
> and keep some records to see what the difference is.
> Paul
Out of curiosity what kind of fertilizer are you using....and how much
are you spreading? 
The strangeness of my actions are porprotional 
to the 'normality' surrounding me.

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