Species and Site selection

Know about the spot you plan to plan a tree. How hot is it? Is there nearby hardscape? Buildings?

What diseases is the tree prone to. How big does it get. What will it be doing 50 years from now? How storm hardy ...etc. The picture on the permaculture subsection page is of a popular that was planted in the wrong spot, got sick and is now a huge pain. Avoid this mistake!

Agroforestry

This site is a collection of hardwood trees I planted. The oldest are about 12 years old, other than the two volunteer willow trees. The Ash trees are about 6 inches diameter at breast height (DBH) and the Cottonwoods are up to 10 inches, maybe more. The canopy is nearly 20 feet tall by my best guess. Mostly planted as habitat and a nice little sit down spot it will produce some firewood and other wood resources. Hard to see in these pictures but there is 13 woody species in this lot, about 1/20th an acre! The first picture is a willow in the willow hedge that protects the raised bed site. This hedgerow has 6 species in it currently.

Willow in the hedge protecting the garden area, edge of wetlands

Willow in the hedge protecting the garden area, edge of wetlands

The hardwood stand from near the orchard

The hardwood stand from near the orchard

View inside the woodlot

View inside the woodlot

Looking at the cottonwoods I planted

Looking at the cottonwoods I planted

Trunk of an ash tree in the lot

Trunk of an ash tree in the lot

Looking up into the canopy

Looking up into the canopy

 

 

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