Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

February 21, 2010

MY FORESTRY EDUCATION FINALLY PAYS OFF

Filed under: Misc — Freddie Keel @ 8:39 pm

Behind our old home, we kept about 20 acres of land.  Of the acreage, about five acres is cleared with just a few scattered live oak trees.  The hogs have been having a field day, rutting at their leisure.  We had tried to keep acreage mowed at least twice per year.   Anyway, it just got to be a hassle keeping it mowed and fighting the hogs.   So I decided to plant the open area in pine trees.  It’s just about the end of planting season and we were fortunate to get some seedlings.   We obtained 1,000 genetically improved loblolly pine seedlings.  I will/am hand planting these pine trees using a dibble. I can plant about 100 seedlings per hour.   At this time, I’ve planted 17 rows with 16 seedlings per row based on a 6 X 9 foot spacing.  Assuming a good survival rate on the seedlings, the pine plantation should be ready for a commercial thinning in 10 to 12 years.   In 25 years, the trees should be ready to harvest as pine sawtimber and the area ready to be replanted.      HOGS TAKE THAT!

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