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2003 is a year of replanting fields that haven't taken hold. The stand levels were so low from the first transplanting that we decided to just plant the whole area over again and try to go between the original rows so as not to dig up any trees that did survive.

We will be working on the 8 acres in the bottom land. This land is extremely fertile and grass and weeds are a real problem. The last crop before trees was alfalfa but that had been crowded out by grass and weeds. (The giant ragweed can reach 15 feet in height).


April 23: Email exchange with county forester:

Order in for 2003 trees from DNR Nursery. About 6000 total and a pretty good mix:

  • 1000 Red Pine
  • 1000 Wh. Pine
  • 500 Wh Spruce,
  • 500 Burr Oak
  • 500 Wh. Oak
  • 500 Red Oak
  • 1000 Black Ash
  • 500 Gr Ash
  • 500 Wh Cedar
Planting Crew
Tree planting collage.

This is a collage of pictures from the 2003 planting. So far it's all I can find for pictures. Click on this picture to display a version that is large enough for you to read.

Letter 4/28/03:

Questions for Forester on 4/30/2003:

  • The person who picked up the planter said some of the trees weren't planted right (too shallow or too deep) We tried hard to get this right -- under some difficult conditions in places -- but I didn't have enough people to have one follow the planter the whole weekend.
  • I'm bringing up our scout troop on the weekend of the 11th. Is that too late to reposition the serious problems (re-plant)?
  • I plan on spraying this weekend. I see that Oust is approved for tank mix with Simazine. Is Oust restricted? I imagine it's expensive -- but so was replanting. We have been putting on Simazine at 3 pounds (quarts). The label says up to 4.4 pounds (4 quarts). Can we go towards the high side? Green and White Ash aren't listed for simazine on in the document I am reading. Will they tolerate this?


  • For stepping in the trees, the 11th is not too late. The earlier the better, so there will be some that you won't save, but better than not at all.
  • We have used Simazine on ash with no problems. You can up the rate, your soil is fairly heavy so it shouldn't hurt anything.
  • Do not use Oust. The rate is so low (1/2 oz per acre) that it is tough to regulate and Baron County killed 300,000 red pine one year.
  • The hardwoods will be fine, but don't spray it on pine.
  • If you want to mix something with Simazine, try Pendulum again. Used with Simazine, we have had decent luck. Again at 3-4 lbs per acre. It's expensive though.

May 4, 2003 - Fixing planting errors in bottom field:

[ from field notes ] Win and I walked the newly planted rows all the way across the 40 - from the road to the woods. We each took a row or two and walked with shovel . stomping plants were the dirt hadn't been properly closed around roots. [this mounted planter did a very poor job at closing the trench after the tree was planted ] We found spruce that had been planted too deep and hardwoods that hadn't been planted deep enough . but most of all it was good . Much better than I thought.

Hardwoods were out 2 - 3 inches. Where root was exposed we dig a little trench 'down stream' (in the direction of travel -- away from the trailing root. The tree could be pressed down into that trench and covered in such a way to cover the exposed root and then stood straight up again. Many of the trees that had this problem had a diameter of 1/2 inch or bigger (these ere supposed to be 2 year oak -- I don't think so) and the roots were huge. Amazing we could get them in with a planter at all.

Win and I covered 6 rows in our trip up and back. There are 26 rows all together in the bottom.

May 10, 2003: - Host Boy Scout troupe at farm to help 'fix' tree planting.

Scout troupe setting up tents at farm.
Playing "Magic the Gathering".

We invited my son's scout troupe to spend the weekend camping out at the farm. They were interested in this project and eager to help us finish the planting process. They all traveled the 300 miles from Madison and and set up camp next to the barn.

During the night it started to rain and it rained all the next day. Lucky we had a big shed that we could move everyone in to for eating and to dry off. It was too wet to do anything with the trees (the furrows were full of water) so everyone packed up and drove back to Madison.

It was a memorable experience for us all.

Scouts shelter from the rain.
Weekend rained out.

After it dries out a little, there's still work to be done.

Planting Crew
Richard and I walking the rows and fixing the misses.

Of course this meant we had to fix the trees ourselves.

Richard and I worked on it this weekend - after it dried out a bid.

Win, Kelly, and Roland walked many rows as well - as their schedules allowed.

Fall Planting in the old strips

Planting Crew
Oak seedlings raised in Madison
ready to transplant in Centuria

Fall: (October 25&26) Work on Strips (west facing hillside)....

Plowed furrows 6' to 8' apart starting west of old field road and working down towards Hurley's woods. This area was never planted - it ran just north of the first 'five mile walnut' planting. We were hoping to have some luck with fall planting - something we hadn't tried.

Transplanted seedlings from 2002 seed collection in Madison(See Link).

oak seedling
Oak Seedling in D40 tube

Approximately 425 seedlings grown in [See more about these D40 tree tubes].

Parent trees for these transplants:

  • Burr Oak (Schlichter Hall)
  • Ohio Buckeye (Lake Street)
  • Ash & Maple (Madison Streets)

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