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What to do with cedars

OakSeeds

5 year old buck +
Since you are worried about the height of the cedars, I would try "topping' a few of them to 6' to slow their growth. While I have never tried it - we just let cedars go since we don't have that many - you sure won't kill them by removing the top. The few we have grow like weeds . You can always take the topped ones out later if you don't like the results; that's better than being sorry later that you removed them.
 

Patrick

5 year old buck +
Since you are worried about the height of the cedars, I would try "topping' a few of them to 6' to slow their growth. While I have never tried it - we just let cedars go since we don't have that many - you sure won't kill them by removing the top. The few we have grow like weeds . You can always take the topped ones out later if you don't like the results; that's better than being sorry later that you removed them.

thanks for the idea. But I know I will not regret thinning them out as they are plentiful!!! :)
 

IkemanTx

5 year old buck +
I cut back as many cedars as I could on 8 acres of the family place early this year. I left them all where they fell, and plan to burn the 8 acres in late winter 2022. I’m hoping to have collected a few hundred acorns to plant right after the fire. I think I’m going to plant using a drill and bulb planter bit.
I figure between the native grass growth after removing the cedars, and sapling oaks coming up, the bedding cover will be pretty good after a couple of years.


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Patrick

5 year old buck +
I cut back as many cedars as I could on 8 acres of the family place early this year. I left them all where they fell, and plan to burn the 8 acres in late winter 2022. I’m hoping to have collected a few hundred acorns to plant right after the fire. I think I’m going to plant using a drill and bulb planter bit.
I figure between the native grass growth after removing the cedars, and sapling oaks coming up, the bedding cover will be pretty good after a couple of years.


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Yes, sound good!! As you said, may have to wait a few years if you are cutting most of them.
 

Bassattackr

5 year old buck +
Burn 2 years after cutting, needles need to be dry enough that they fall off with ease.
 

Patrick

5 year old buck +
Burn 2 years after cutting, needles need to be dry enough that they fall off with ease.
Thanks. I have a ditch between me and my neighbor's ridge that I will just throw them into so they are not just sitting there on the ground that could grow up into early succession.
 

Bassattackr

5 year old buck +
Thanks. I have a ditch between me and my neighbor's ridge that I will just throw them into so they are not just sitting there on the ground that could grow up into early succession.

I would leave them where they lay and burn them there. They will return the nutrients to the ground post burn and the grasses, early succession will grow up thru them. Grant Woods recommends this approach for best results.
 
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