Chinkapin 2020

I want to continue the Chinkapin Oak recovery story. Late last fall or early winter I cut back all the new growth which came from the Chinkapin Oak stump. Below is what it looked like then. I pruned back to the two best growing stems from the stump. Below is what the attachments look like…

White Oaks

My favorite trees are White Oaks. Now the term White Oak can mean a specific tree or a whole class of trees. I usually use White Oak to describe the whole family of trees. I wanted to post the feature image which is a picture I took at the Green Lake Conference Center in Green…

Stump Tour

After our timber sale it is interesting to see the stumps and which trees had rot and which trees were solid. The above stump was a large Bur Oak located low on a hillside. It was really growing out to the south toward sunshine and would fail at sometime in the future because of that…

Tree Tube Spring Cleaning

Over the past 10 – 15 years I have used tree tubes to protect and assist young trees. I could go into a lot of history and scientific claims which various tree tube manufacturers have about the benefits of their tubes. But after all these years with both success and failure I have come to…

Timber Harvest

Our timber was cut in late December of 2019. We wanted to limit the possible damage to our land. The big log skidder and dragging logs can cause ruts. So the ground needs to freeze pretty deep – maybe 5 inches down. Also if there is too much snow the skidder can’t get around. So…

Tree Sale Decision

In the fall of 2019 I worked with a private forester and decided to do a timber sale. With Brad the forester we walked all 30 acres and we agreed that a thinning of the forest was needed. The above picture was taken in the fall when leaves had been dropping. You can still see…

New Life for Chinkapin

Last year I posted on a “Lack of Courage” about a Chinkapin Oak. I cut the tree down to about 3 inches last fall and hoped for the best.  This spring to prevent deer browse I put two tree protectors around the tree. Now in Mid-July there is a lot of new growth.  Some of…