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Re: Tending your little piece of earth
« Reply #140 on: June 25, 2019, 09:45:06 PM »
Maybe 3 deer in 10 square miles here. ;) The deer love the lily beds in flower gardens, but not enough deer at my place to worry about. The coyotes yip here most every night, and of course the neighborhood dogs have to answer back. :D
Your lucky, we have around 25/sq mile.

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« Reply #141 on: June 29, 2019, 04:41:09 PM »
Those are cool.  Don't recall ever seeing any.  Are they a northern thing...?  If deer love them that might be the reason I don't see them.  I will be on the look out though.  thanks   Banjo
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Re: Tending your little piece of earth
« Reply #142 on: June 29, 2019, 05:12:23 PM »
Banjo,

I think there are subspecies all over the continent, info from searching Google.
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Re: Tending your little piece of earth
« Reply #143 on: July 11, 2019, 04:32:58 AM »
Things to take notice of in the wood pile. ;)

Here are a fir and a tamarack. Both taken from managed forest (ie the woodlot), but specifically trees were spaced some time ago.

Fir........... Notice two rings to the width of my index finger, still respectable growth.



tamarack ......... double the growth of the fir, if not a little more.



Definitely can grow 2 or 3 times the wood in the same time frame when you thin. Trees are much healthier to. Too bad tamarack wasn't 'the' money tree. :D I only planted them for firewood, they are dandy firewood to. But, I wouldn't want them too big, I hate splitting them. The old Collins just wants to bounce. Fir in comparison isn't even work to split. :D
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Re: Tending your little piece of earth
« Reply #144 on: January 03, 2020, 08:35:24 PM »
I have read this entire post a few times I enjoy hearing about the different species of trees. I have 43 acres in Indiana and love managing my piece of earth. I am mostly thinning maples and oaks, keep up the post. 

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Re: Tending your little piece of earth
« Reply #145 on: January 13, 2020, 10:53:34 AM »
We're currently thinning young stands (6 years from establishment from seedlings/plug stock) of Norway spruce, white pine, red pine, and hybrid larch.  We're going up to just past head-height at this stage and will eventually prune up to approx. 16 feet on all softwood species.  We're not looking to necessarily harvest all of this stuff, but we do want to thin it properly as it grows.  In particular, we're going to have the opportunity to do significant thinning in the larch blocks within the next 5 to 10-year time-frame.  At some point in the near future, we may wish to take out every other row!  But that's not where we are now.  We're just raising up lower limbs and culling any small trees that have been overtopped, etc.

I must say, I simply love the look of our blocks after we raise up/thin.  We're also having to un- bury small spruce and pine plastered down to the ground by heavy, wet snow.  

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Re: Tending your little piece of earth
« Reply #146 on: June 07, 2020, 02:55:14 PM »
A little video of what has been going on at the woodlot this spring. Right now, the firewood is just from trail cutting. Then I'll have 3 or 4 years to thin out more firewood. I'm working on a ~5 acre section. I may have to cut 2 more cords, that will also come from trail cutting.

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« Reply #147 on: June 07, 2020, 08:53:49 PM »
Nice video. You have some wood to pick up. I did notice the lack of eastern white pine. I have a lot of old fields too. But mine have big rocks in it. Your land looks level, nice piece to get around on. 
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Re: Tending your little piece of earth
« Reply #148 on: June 08, 2020, 03:28:01 AM »
I have a few pine that I planted, but sparcely. The moose, bugs and rust kill most of them or make them junk. :D

Yes, flat ground and very few stones on the surface. But
any digging will pull a few up. Course, on this old farm they picked them off the top already and dumped them in piles at the edge of the old field. The piles are small because this field was not a large one. One of them fields I like to call a small patch. :D

I will be going up this morning and cutting some more trail wood. Probably that 2 cords. Nice and cool and overcast, gotta wear the bug armour. :D
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« Reply #149 on: June 08, 2020, 03:46:33 AM »
Really no moose to do damage here, just the deer. I have at least 2 good size piles of rock around here. I have been hauling that up into the bogs, as needed. Hauled off 2 stone walls into the bog all ready. These are not boundary walls. I am working on a truck road now. Trying to level one part up now. A good layer of rock and a layer of gravel will make it better. Like to see the low stumps too. Easier on tires too. Hard on bar and chains. :)
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Re: Tending your little piece of earth
« Reply #150 on: June 08, 2020, 03:49:16 AM »
Can be hard on chain, but cheaper than equipment damage. Most anything ya break is going to cost ya $1000 min in my experience. ;) :D
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« Reply #151 on: June 08, 2020, 03:52:59 AM »
Just think @thecfarm  , 200 years ago some poor schmuck and his 12 kids, for 3 generations hauled those rocks by horse and wagon up out of the bog to build a wall...  do not feel bad.  :D :D :D
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« Reply #152 on: June 08, 2020, 04:08:34 AM »
Yes Doc, they did work hard. Without them working so hard I would have no way to get across that bog without wet feet.  :D 
This wall was by the driveway,only about 20-40 feet away. All gone now.



 

Than this picture is of the bog. The ones on the left are almost 2 feet high.



 

This must be about 200 feet long, than a good size hill, with springs on that hill that keep the bog full of water. There are some over 3 feet nigh in there. Many trips with a forwarder drove the rocks down into the bog. Now I have a road that is high in the middle and low on the sides. Another coating of rocks is taking place.  ;D 
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« Reply #153 on: June 08, 2020, 09:52:09 AM »
I have some wet places I would like to do that to, but I have zero rocks....if you want rock you have to come off that pocket book.  Banjo
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Re: Tending your little piece of earth
« Reply #154 on: June 08, 2020, 10:52:35 AM »
Banjo, corduroy it with some smaller pine like the old timers. Leave some stubs on one side of the posts to drive toward the mud so them posts don't roll. ;D I have some spots to corduroy, all kinds of small spruce to throw on and not far to go with it. ;)
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« Reply #155 on: June 08, 2020, 11:07:10 AM »
That road across the bog was corduroyed.  I think it's about 4 feet under rock now. There use to be fields up on top of the hill. Levels out when I get on top of the hill. 
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« Reply #156 on: June 08, 2020, 01:18:29 PM »
There were portions of an area called the great black swamp in NW Ohio. At one time before it was drained grew some of the largest oak trees on the planet .It starts about 2-3 miles north of me and goes north about 100 miles to Lake Erie .In the years since it was drained they have dug up white oak logs used to build the corduroy  roads in times past .Some had sank 8 to 10 feet under the ground .They say it was infested with mosquitoes which evidently like the migrating birds are still in plentiful  supply at times .

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« Reply #157 on: June 08, 2020, 01:31:47 PM »
I've seen old corduroy in the rain forest on the British Columbia coast, some used to haul wood on with skid sleds. :)
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« Reply #158 on: June 08, 2020, 01:59:15 PM »
I did put down some slabs,  but with nothing anchoring them down....when a wagon of logs hits them they move.  Banjo
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