f94m at unb.ca
Fri Oct 17 18:57:39 EST 1997
Paul Morgan wrote:
> Anders Axelsson wrote in article
> <01bcd48e$026131e0$3f13b4c1 at SE8R62600424.hel.se.pnu.com>...
> >Paul Morgan <t2r6 at worldnet.att.net> wrote in article
> ><61eq4f$bgq at bgtnsc03.worldnet.att.net>...
> >> 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.
> 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.
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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