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1888 Excerpt: ...or more with ordinary posts. Touching the subject
of line-trees for the support of fence, it may be in order to call
your attention to what I have done in the way of planting apple
trees for this purpose, as well as for fruit. Through the middle of
my north forty acres I have a row of the Wagoner apple, planted ten
feet apart. They have been growing seven years, and last fall they
gave me about fifty bushels of apples. They were headed high--as,
by the way, all apple trees should be--and are capable of
supporting a fence, without detriment to the trees. And along the
east and west road I have also a row of the Ked Canada apples
grafted on Northern Spy, that are just coming into bearing, a row
forty rods long planted at same distance, of ten feet. I have, in
addition, a row one hundred rods long, mostly Red Canada/ opposite
the twenty acres of reserved woods, along the road, which are
beginning to bear fruit and can be used also for fence support in a
few years, should a fence be required. For myself, I believe that
there are advantages in this planting of apple trees on the
dividing line of fields and along the roadside that are worthy of
being considered. Returning again to the main subject, I will say,
that by care in felling the old trees and by a judicious trimming
of the new growth, very much can be done to improve the wood lot
with little expense. Adjoining mine on the south, my brother has
forty or fifty acres of woods. His was like mine, except that his
had more second growth, consisting of white oak, red oak and
hickory. Twenty years ago he went in and thinned them out, leaving
half, often less, of the largest and best sorts, and the difference
between the young trees on this lot and on the lot adjoining, where
no improvement has been attempted, is...
|Country of origin:
Michigan State Board Agriculture
||246 x 189 x 14mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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