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Discussion in 'Habitat Forum' started by StrmChzr, Oct 18, 2015.
Here is the bark and leaf from the Shumard oak.
Here is the acorn and some seedlings.
Thanks for the help on collecting the acorns. didnt get many as I have been super busy but gonna set up next year to catch a bunch. Thinking of setting some weed mat up under some trees when they start droping to catch them next year. we will see.
Might have already mentioned this, but you might consider using a chicken wire covered tub or other means of "theft" protection when collecting acorns... I think a large diameter Rubbermaid tub w/ chicken wire covering top such that it sags to the middle of tub would be best. I wouldn't have chicken wire pulled too taut b/c might create a "trampoline effect" w/ acorns falling from higher branches. If chicken wire is sagging to the middle, it may also assist acorns falling through chicken wire while they roll towards the middle. I'd snip 1 or 2 meshes in the middle of cover to facilitate collection while preventing fuzzy nuts from helping himself to a free meal!
Dad and I were camping during turkey season in LBL many years ago. All of our dry food and kitchen type supplies were stored in rubbermaid containers.
In this one particular container we had a loaf of bread and Doritos. Fuzzy nuts chewed his way into the lid and ate half a bag of bread and most of the doritos while we were out that morning after turkeys.
Moral of the story, eat the squirrels before they eat your food. And a rubbermaid container ain't going to keep a squirrel out if he wants in bad enough. Maybe a metal washtub would be the ticket?
Reviving a oldie...any updates on this project? Not sure how to tag StrmChzr to get his attention
Wonder how just hand planting the acorns would do?
Wassup fellas? Don't make it on the forums much anymore, but still love talking ducks, habitat, and trees.. sucks Photobucket is holding my pics hostage, but I ain't payin'..
Fowler267 - By hand planting acorns, I assume you mean using a dibble bar? Can be done, but personally it's my least favorite way... if I'm going to use a dibble bar, I'd prefer to plant 1 yr seedling plugs grown in root pruning containers (or bareroot seedlings) so I'm maximizing the return on my efforts.. Whatever planting method you use, just remember, plant the largest quantity of acorns as possible.. most acorns you plant will be a loss: predation will get the majority of acorns before spring arrives - those that do successfully germinate will fail without weed control first summer and protection from rabbits the first few winters..
rcatron - A comprehensive update since I started this thread 3+ years ago is prob due, so maybe this spring I'll take pics of my successes and failures and write up a follow up..
Quick update is my methods haven't changed from what I've described in this thread. I still plant a few bucketfuls of acorns every year on our farm, but my focus has been on contract growing/planting of oaks past couple years. Planted 300+ oaks on my first contract that I grew from acorns in root pruning containers for 2 seasons. These oaks were in 3 gal and 5 gal Root Pouch fabric containers when planted and were 4'-8' tall. Growing conditions their first season in the ground were decent and 95% survived to put on new growth in their new home. Pack rats were the cause of almost all losses, which was remedied by using screen door material stapled around trunk.
Happy to answer any specific questions anytime, so I'll try to check in more often!
Good to see back. In 2016 I bought the root pots you recommended and had a good crop going. Got them moved to pots then had a heart attack and lost them all! Have yet to get started again due to continued health issues.