Last fall I 'planted' between 40,000 and 50,000 oak trees!!

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  1. Jerry Sullivan

    Jerry Sullivan Garden Experimenter Plants Contributor

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    They are all coming up but I may have the spacing wrongo_O. An oak tree, actually 2 oak trees hard masted(found in the glossary:)). The acorns were dumped in the woods creating a pile 10 feet long, 3 feet high and 4 feet wide.
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    As the years progress it should get interesting.

    Jerry
     
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    In the end there will just be one.
     
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    You better have a lot of people you can give them to !
     
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    Jerry, contact local schools--they may have students who want to grow a tree. Alternately, if there is an Arboretum nearby, they may take the "oaklings" and replant in a forest. Boy and/or Girl Scouts could plant some in local parks or other public lands.
    I do fear you have the spacing a bit close.:D
     
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    Jerry Sullivan Garden Experimenter Plants Contributor

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    Herbert Spenser provided the well known phrase "survival of the fittest" after reading "Origin of the species" by Charles Darwin. Some will survive as they vie for food, water and sunlight.

    An arborist once described the area of town we live in, covered with thousands of oak, as "The dark area". We never lack for the benefits of the tree as they shelter us from the summer sun, provide millions of acorns and the creatures with grey suits that bury the nuts. Yes, they bury, they don't gather. In the middle of the winter with 8 inches of snow on the ground , a grey squirrel will dig till it has a nut. The moon has fewer craters! In the summer the acorn "smells good" and much easier to dig out. One bite and the squirrel abandons the partially eaten 'snack' to look for another, leaving the yard littered with corpses of dead acorns.

    I think mother squirrels line their offspring up on a branch and have them watch as daddy buries an acorn.

    Jerry
     
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    Just curious but what type of oaks are they ? Leaves do not look like our oaks !
     
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    They are white oaks. Oh! The leaves don't look like the dead leaf (bottom right)with large convolutions because these are the first leaves of the tree. As the tree progresses the leaves will be easier to recognize.

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