Old Mossy Horns
I've got some small fields (roughly 3ac total) that I want to put in pines,in y'all opinion would it be better to hire them planted or get the seedlings and do it myself?Anybody done their own and had success?
I would argue, that is not hard to get longleaf to grow in northeast NC, as much as it is keeping the competition from overtaking them. The historic range goes in to Virginia, and stands have been successfully planted into Davie and Yadkin Counties. What "everyone else is doing" with species that are planted , or general land management does not meet everyone's goals. Barring major clearing activities planting trees is an activity that will shape your property for at least 25 years. With that in mind I would suggest not making a decision based on what is available at this time or rushed site preparation. Species selection, site preparation and planting spacing should all be determined by what your objectives are for the area you are planting. Objectives may even dictate that species, prep and spacing vary within the area to be planted. In some instances the objective may steer a landowner away from planting trees at all.Not sure of your location, but I do know it's alot harder to get longleaf pines to grow here. Almost everyone in this part of the state have loblolly.