Re: Let's talk Hybrid Oaks
Date: March 19, 2009 12:09PM
I have a 5 acre woodlot full of trash trees (used to be cultivated, but grew up over the years). This year I started hinge cutting many of the trees to return this spot to bedding/security cover. What I'd eventually like to do is transform this area into partial bedding/security cover, and provide good mast trees in another part.
For the bedding cover and browse, I'm looking at nannyberry, serviceberry, elderberry, hazelnut, and silky dogwood.
For mast production, bebbs, bimundor, sargents 7, burgambel, burenglish, shumard, red oak, and american/chinese chestnut.
This is a riverbottom area with silt loam soils that stays fairly moist, and can get very moist in the winter/spring. The field this spot borders will go under water every 3 years or so, but where I plan to plant should be high enough to stay dry.
Do you recommend spring or fall planting for the bushes and trees? I will be unable to water regularly, so I was thinking fall planting and letting them settle in over winter would be better....would it?
What bushes/shrubs would you recommend for this area. Middle Tennessee, zone 6b. Gets HOT in summer and can be dry, cool and wet in winter.
I plan to cage the trees to protect from browsing. How large an area should I clear around each planting for sunlight penetration through the canopy?
Hardiness is important. I live 3 hours from this property, so the plants need to be able to care for themselves.
Also, I noticed on several plants on your website it said I had to call if I was ordering fewer than 10. Would it be possible to order just one or two of these if I was putting in a bigger order?