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What is the best time of year to plant white pines?
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Mike in Va.    Posted 02-13-2002 at 13:03:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey Howdy Ho,
Want to plant a break on a property line. I can get water to the plantings once a week or so. Can I plant in early spring and have them weather through the heat of summer?
Need some advice. Figure I'd like to do this just once UNLIKE most of the other stuff I do... sure enjoy having a place to post a question every once in a while. Sure liked finding out how to clean the fuel oil tanks earlier. This is a super site.

Alvin-Va    Posted 02-16-2002 at 04:59:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mike,Feb.-March are the best time to plant around here.Hope you have already ordered if you plan on getting them planted this year,the last time I ordered ,the cut-off on ordering was around Dec.Sometimes the Forestry people can check around and find some from a canceled order for you.
Couple thoughts here.Don't know what length your line is,but 1000 pines will go a long way for a barrier.Do you need that many? Have you considered planting bald cypress? I have seen several plantings around here in circumstances like you described and and they seem really impressive.Check with the forestry people if you are not locked in on the 1000 white pine thing.They also have smaller packs of seedlings that may do the job for you.
Good luck

BTW,didn't get around to answering your question from an earlier post about my location.I'm in Bedford Co.
From your posts I'm guessing you are in the Pittsylvania,Halifax,Charlotte Co area.

Mike in Va.    Posted 02-20-2002 at 14:28:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey Neighbor! We're in Campbell. Just got a reply from the Forestry folks. They have the pines and should be available up until April.
One of our lines is about 1700 feet. Another line is 754 feet. That will be the start. Have had a few boys pop a round or two across our front fields in hunting season. Another benefit of the break is that it stops some of that 'truck huntin' that sometimes goes on. I like the idea of the white pines for several reasons. Have used a lot of it over the years.

Dave    Posted 02-14-2002 at 04:24:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
In CO. we try to plant in early fall, or late spring and do everything just as Burrhead stated. If you want instant gratification, check out, damnest thing I have ever seen. We planted them 4' apart on the property line for a wind break on the coral. It has been 3 years, and we now have a 20' high "hedge"! We planted Austrian pines inside of these (house side) figuring the hibred willow's wount last much more than 15 years.

Ray    Posted 02-13-2002 at 19:00:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
A local retirement home here in western ohio
put out about 50(5ft.) spruce trees this week.I asked the nursery doing the job,he said it didn't make any difference"They live the year around".

Les...fortunate    Posted 02-14-2002 at 03:27:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm with you on that, Ray. Good answer. There ain't many trees that need planting and I sure wouldn't be planting white pines anyway, given the many choices that one has. They are nasty things. Just fine for out in the woods but wouldn't want them anywhere near the house.

Burrhead    Posted 02-13-2002 at 16:03:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like the fuel tank ordeal worked out okay. That's good.

Pines and even oaks do good if you put out any time up to the end of May down here in SE Texas.

I use Schultz Root Stimulator and Miracle Grow fertilizer spikes on anything like that I put out and they do fine.

They need the equivalent of 1" of rain per week and fertilized and yessir they'll make it thru a drought if you take care of them.

Just be sure to either put the water on the ground and not on the folage if you water before sundown. If you water them after sundown it don't hurt to get the trunk and folage too.

According to the almanac your best days to transplant are the 12th thru the 19th of this month.

Mike in Va.    Posted 02-14-2002 at 05:14:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for the advice everyone. The Virginia Dept. of Forestry has 1,000 Special Grade Eastern White Pines for $146.30. Free delivery to the regional offices. Sure sounds righteous to me. Our property line is nearly a half mile from the house and part of the idea behind the break is to isolate the neighbors excitable dogs. Good folks, and darn good dogs, but they are in a pen most of the time. Whenever game or a stray cat wonders within their scent or view they howl up a pitiful sound. The pines will cut some of the sound, and give us some more privacy on that end of the farm.
Hope to plant some Sawtooth Oaks for the Turkeys this year. That cleaned out fuel oil tank will come in handy for more than the stock tank. Hope all are well out there... Mike

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