Date: June 23, 2008 07:57PM
The place these oaks will be planted is in the Lake Superior snow belt. The soil is several feet of red clay over many feet of sand. Red maple, sugar maple, quaking aspen, yellow birch, red oak, and green ash tend to grow well here. In the spring there tends to be standing water in the low spots. The land is forested and has never been cultivated, giving it a lumpy texture from uprooted ancient trees. Which hybrid will do well?
The existing overstory will be removed to provide sun and rain for the seedlings. What are your recommendations for spacing of new seedlings and how big of an opening should be provided for good growth.
I have found red oaks do well if put into a clearing and surrounding tree allowed to sprout from stumps. I let these grow for several years and then take them down. It seems to produce a nice leader for the red oak.