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    One great resource that can help immensely with many different habitat projects is Keystone products. They offer a lot of great info and solutions and their products are very competitive.

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    2000 trees are going in the ground. no fabric. Did the last coat of Gly and another pass on the rake. Looks good. GPS and autosteer really help too. Gearing my whole farm system to that to reduce fatigue, gain efficiencies, etc.

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    Please find a new UGUIDE article detailing more info on this system

    http://www.uguidesdpheasants.com/new...anting-system/

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    UGUIDE, do you water your new tree/bush plantings or set up drip lines or just let nature take over? SDviking

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdviking View Post
    UGUIDE, do you water your new tree/bush plantings or set up drip lines or just let nature take over? SDviking
    Viking, good question. If you have the equipment it never hurts like on initial planting to seal them up. BUT, I like systems that depend on natural weather so no I don't.

    I planted some trees in a bad spring drought and they did fine. Planting pervasive persistent species helps a lot too.

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    Default A little water help along the way

    We have planted about 400 bushes/short trees over the past two years. We try to prep the rows in the Fall and plant in early May. Last year we were able to pick up 4 truck loads of wood chips from the local tree cut down guy, so we put the chips around most of the new plants. We have a 80 gallon water fertilizer tank off of a John Deere 7000 planter that we have mounted in the back of an old Gator. The gator can handle about 60 gallons at a time, so we fill it up and drive along the tree rows reach back and grab the hose from the bottom of the tank to gravity water the trees. So far it has worked well and our survival rate for last year was good. Putting in trees and bushes is a lot of work and has an expense to it, so we are trying to give the stuff the best chance of survival possible. Hoping the pay off of great winter cover happens in the next 5 years. Wish we had more land and time to help habitat and hunting conditions out in our area. SDviking

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    Chris, I think it depends mostly on your site and the soil/rain. I have been doing it here for about 13-14 years. I just planted 175 again. Norway Spruce, Techny, Northern White Cedar, and Butternut this time. Not sure in the open or equipment for that. I have done all with a shovel or a 2 man post hole auger. This year my NS, and Cedar were plugs, so a 6" auger was the bomb. I will do that again next year with White Cedar, and White spruce. I always say I am done lol, but then there I go again. I have had, I would say about 95% of my trees grow and do fine. Fabric sites in the area grow faster to start. But I have had 0 issues with them taking off. I do get them water if needed the first year. After that they did fine. I must be a few thousand trees in to it now. The plugs are great to plant. I like them better then bare root. All of my trees have been planted in brome sod. I do have black heavy soil that holds moisture well. And I always have nice black fluffy dirt here that I plant back in my holes with the new trees. Then Just add water.
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    Ken, interesting methods which sound like they produce. It certainly does matter to look at objective, land resource, size of project, budget and scalability.

    I need a system that is highly scalable and lowers cost while raising the production of wildlife. Repeatable, duplicatable and sustainable are some other characteristics that are important.

    My last 2000 tree project this spring is looking good with most everything leaved out and on the grow.

    The project I started with last year certainly had more mortality like all the dogwoods did not tolerate the chemical I put down. Had to replace 3 rows with different species. the soil base was not as clean and solid as I like either which brings about establishment issues. Its a darn good test bed though and some day it will transform the shelterbelt around the home place buildings.

    Have you seen any increased bird production with your habitat efforts?

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