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#548526 - 01/03/08 01:04 PM Quick growing cover?
Kirk
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I want to close off a very open corner of my property near one of my food plots. The neighbors field comes up to the edge of the woods and my hardwoods have grown tall enough it is fairly open now. I want to get this area fairly thick as quick as possible.
I have a food plot planted in the hardwood flat and the deer seem to be avoiding this open area when traveling.

This corner of my property was always a perfect corner for deer activity until the hardwoods opened up so much. Four very different habitat types merge in this area. A 15 year old, grown over clear cut, an 8 year old very thick grown over clear cut,a green field and a hardwood bottom all intersect at that corner.

What would be the best choice for planting a quick cover? Pines, bamboo, fast growing cedars? I need some ideas.
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#548598 - 01/03/08 02:28 PM Re: Quick growing cover? [Re: ]
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Fastest thing I have found is willows - man them suckers put on some growth in a short time - from 'sticks' in the ground to 20 feet in under 7 years -

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#548616 - 01/03/08 02:41 PM Re: Quick growing cover? [Re: ferg]
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Loblolly pine, transplanted cedar, Kenaf (annual),...
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#548626 - 01/03/08 02:48 PM Re: Quick growing cover? [Re: BSK]
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Call the DEA and Local LE about the Kenaf \:D

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#548670 - 01/03/08 03:39 PM Re: Quick growing cover? [Re: ferg]
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Or you could opt to select cut some of the mature hardwoods to allow more new growth . Then plant some pines inter mixed with the hardwoods .
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#548704 - 01/03/08 04:25 PM Re: Quick growing cover? [Re: Radar]
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Pines and poplar are both quick growing trees that are easy to get, aswell as the willows as mentioned above. The TN state nursery down the road from you in Delano can help you out there. Like ferg mentioned I have heard of willow and poplar being transplanted from twigs.

However, with trees.......7-8 years is what we are refering to as quick...Provided the site is good. As far a vertical cover goes. But I have seen alot of deer using young pine plantations (3-4) years old as well. As well as small game.



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#549097 - 01/03/08 07:56 PM Re: Quick growing cover? [Re: Kirk]
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#549386 - 01/04/08 01:36 AM Re: Quick growing cover? [Re: hard county]
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loblolly pine,thats all our lease is.There is some that 4 yrs old and bout 10-12 ft tall.
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#551491 - 01/06/08 06:33 AM Re: Quick growing cover? [Re: jh]
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Dang river birch grow like weeds at my place. They are prolific seeders and then come up like grass. I don't care for them at all and am in constant battle with them, but they do grow fast and thick. I had a cleared field that went from nothing to trees 15' tall in five years. I don't know if it would be practical to gather seed to scatter, and they probably would not be this aggressive if transplanted as individual trees. I've noticed that cottonwoods seem to grow fast as well. Sawtooth oaks have grown to ten feet tall in five years on my place. If you want cover, you can top the sawtooths when they are younger and they will bush out quite a bit as well.
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