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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« Last post by Gymgirl on Today at 01:22:17 AM »
Ya'll better run!!!!  Crawfish over here is $6.99/lb....... :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\
The Greenhouse / Re: Greenhouse growing fall 2017 thru spring 2018
« Last post by Rabbitproof on February 24, 2018, 09:33:22 PM »
Unreal----was not thinking something that big. Agree it looks like a hanger for a plane. Awesome!
General Discussion / Re: Article on Water Oaks
« Last post by Sugarcityarts on February 24, 2018, 09:15:15 PM »
Interesting article. I just bought a 50 year old home with what I think are two or three water oaks.....
General Discussion / Article on Water Oaks
« Last post by Chapman on February 24, 2018, 08:52:28 PM »



Water Oak Warning

Keith Hawkins, Area Extension Forester


          When I was starting out in professional forestry, I was a service forester in an urbanizing county in Virginia. My job was to address the issues surrounding urban forestry, a new theme in in forestry during the 1990’s. Nothing I learned in college prepared me for this new area of forest management. One of the questions I frequently encountered was: What is the fastest growing tree for my landscape? One of the facts I learned in urban forestry was to avoid planting fast growing trees because they would be short lived and become maintenance headaches. Fast growing trees tend to have weak wood so broken branches and tops would require heavy clean-up.

          One of my favorite recommendations at that time was to advise homeowners to plant water oaks because they are oaks trees with a fast growth rate. My reasoning was that the water oak would be a good compromise between growth and longevity.

          Since that time especially after being a County Agent in Beauregard Parish, LA, I have learned that water oaks are the “teenagers of oaks” in that they have “issues”. According to Clemson (SC) Cooperative Extension writers Debbie Shaughnessy and Bob Polomski, water oaks have these problems:


“It is more weak-wooded than most oaks and prone to damage from wind, snow and ice. It does not resist decay well, and damaged wood will begin to decay and decline. Trunks often rot by the time a water oak is 50 years old. Shallow, spreading root systems compete for water and nutrients in the soil, causing problems with grass or other plants planted beneath a water oak. In warmer climates leaves drop all winter, making raking a constant task.”


          I can affirm the observations of  Shaughnessy and Polomski by virtue of site visits with homeowners. Large water oaks tend to have broken branches and obvious cavities. When these compromised trees are near homes, improvements, and parking areas, I consider them to be hazard trees and recommend their removal.

          Still, water oaks can be good shade trees in the first 30 or 40 years.  Shaughnessy and Polomski make these recommendations:


“Train this tree to a central trunk, pruning to keep the main branches spaced 2 feet or more apart. Prune regularly to avoid making large pruning wounds that may cause decay. Lower branches droop as trees grow older. Prune as needed for clearance.”


If you have a younger water oak, enjoy it while it is healthy and robust. As it ages, keep an eye on it for damage which will likely be a site for decay. If you have concerns about your water oak, contact your County Agent  or Extension Forester and ask for a site visit to see if you aged water oak is becoming a hazard tree to your home.
General Discussion / Re: How long should I wait to check PH after applying lime?
« Last post by Texan on February 24, 2018, 08:52:17 PM »
Going to depend on what type of lime you used and the coarseness.
General Discussion / Re: How long should I wait to check PH after applying lime?
« Last post by Chapman on February 24, 2018, 08:03:07 PM »
I would think at least a month and expect it to continue to raise the ph for a few months.
Fruit Trees / Re: peach tree
« Last post by MikeM on February 24, 2018, 08:00:33 PM »
We had a late freeze last year and out of a dozen assorted fruit trees we got 6 pears and a couple of peaches.  That was it.
General Discussion / Re: squash
« Last post by MikeM on February 24, 2018, 07:58:30 PM »
We obviously can't plant as early as you in the deep south but we also plant all squash at the same time.  We are still eating Butternut Squash picked in late summer last year.
Livestock / Re: Lambing Season 2018
« Last post by MikeM on February 24, 2018, 07:23:39 PM »
As you can tell I like my sheep and like talking about them.  We have a couple of local teachers that bring groups of students out so they can learn about them and we are pushing a couple of our current crop of lambs on to some new 4H members.

It was a lot of work putting in our infrastructure but the sheep are fairly low maintenance.  Hooves have to be looked at and trimmed if needed about every 4 months and we run our own fecals so we randomly check for parasites on a regular basis.  We give vaccinations normally about a month before lambing for the adults and the lambs get shots at about 4 -6 weeks of age.   I'm pretty hands on with all of our animals so trust is a big part of them not being stressed out and fighting any maintenance.  They trust me and will come whenever I call.  Of course they never know for sure if there is a food bribe involved so they come anyway.   :)
General Discussion / Re: Cucumbers not needing pollinators
« Last post by philsla on February 24, 2018, 07:13:26 PM »
I am trying Sweet Success this year. My Divas havent done well the past few years so I want to try something new.
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