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Old 04-25-2011, 07:55 AM
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I want to buy some small Christmas trees to plant in a unused area of my lot - so they will be ready for the grand kids...- this is the only web-site I found - any thoughts on what to but that grows good in the CT area? I think we usually get some kind of double balsam or spruce or fir or something.. the local nurserys want a small fortune....

http://porkyfarm.com/?gclid=CPuG-Zv2t6gCFaNd5Qodk1B4BQ
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Try musserforests.com they have very reasonable prices along with practically any type of conifer you could want..
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Let me ask my landscaper. He owns a tree farm in Maine.
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My parents have a tree farm here in Pa. One question you need to answer is how long of a time period before they are ready for the grand kids. Blue spruce grow slower then douglas fir and frazer firs. White pine grow pretty fast. I have blue spruce I planted here at the house that were 4 year transplant when we planted them 9 years ago. They range from 4' to 7' at this time. One thing I do know is you need to get them in the ground as soon as possible or they won't survive well. We already planted 2,500 back on the last weekend in March. Do you have alot of deer? Deer love frazer fir to the point we don't plant them anymore.
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Thanks to all. Yes we have been talking about doing this years ago but now I guess its too late unless we get the 4 year transplants. Good advice. Still waiting for my plant nursery neighbor to get back to me...

I currently have a few 7 footers but gotta use them soon or they will be ornamental only. Anyway - it will be a good project for the Grandkids to watch the growth...
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There's a Christmas Tree farm in Clinton on Cow Hill Rd. During the season, it's a cut your own place. Some people dig them up for live trees. Maybe they'd be willing to sell some small one's. We always got Douglas? or Frasier? (can't remember which) Firs from them (deer also like Firs). If you're out riding around, take Rt 81 down to Clinton, Cow Hill will be on the right. The farm is on both sides of the road, with an old farm house very close to the road.
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Just read ZENFOLD, I guess it's Frasier. I remember talking to the old guy that ran it years ago and they had some sort of deer prevention. When they first started planting the Firs, they lost so many they almost gave up. The customers preferred the Frasier as much as the deer, so they kept planting and expanding the Fir area.
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I grow Christmas trees, and I purchase transplants from Musser Forest Nurseries and Crowshaw Nursery. Both of these nurseries are very reputable. If you have major deer problems and cant protect the trees dont plant soft needle trees. Plant Norway spruce, or Blue spruce. The Norways are fast growing and the Blue are very slow. The soft needle trees are ice cream for deer. You still have time to plant but dont wait to much longer. Buy a spud bar to plant.
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Thanks

Is there anything that has softer needles they won't eat? Whats a spud bar?

And thanks Dave - I'll give them a call today - I actually could fence this area off as it already has an old wire fence half way anyway.
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Not really. If you want the least amount of headaches and a very good Christmas tree the Norway and Blues will give you the least amount of headaches. The branches are sharp, but they have the strength to hold ornaments. If you plan on a fence you want an 8 ft high fence. You will have to use regular fence or electric fence which are both costly in the long run. 3-4 year Norway transplants will be ready in about 6 years. Blues and Norways are a beautiful tree which can also be sold as ornamental trees.

Check Musser web site for spud bar but order early as they sell out. This is a small tree planting shovel that opens the hole quickly and pushes the dirt back against the root ball very quickly. They will give you instructions. If your planting any volume this is the way to go.
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Thanks I ordered mostly the Norweigen spruce or somehting and one type of fir that they recommended. 4 year transplants. - from Musser as you all suggested.

What is with the spud bar? - I saw a few online and they just look like long steel digging spikes or bars or whatever they are called but with a wide end?
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You should be trimming those two that are ready now.
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Good job. I just finished planting a few hundred myself.
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Cool! You don't need to shear the bigger ones until August or later when the yellow jackets and hornets are fiesty. LOL
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You are probably ahead of us up here , but if the buds are not pushing off the caps yet you can still prune/shear. That will fatten your buds and get better growth on any internal buds which thicken or improve the density of the branches.
If the buds are out , it is less effective , but still usefull and absolutely take out a double leader and/or double stem.
Spray out any grass or weed competition. Be very careful with any glyfosate based product ie. roundup/touchdown etc. especially if buds are out. Mulch the base for weed control and moisture retention. Fertilize , it is like any other crop , garden etc. Soil prep etc. would have been helpful but I've been digging trees etc. so no time to read and respond.
Ph is also important , there are optimum conditions for trees , so if you are worried about your time frame act on it.
Shearing is also a factor , keep them steeply tappered and you can extend the leader which will load up with bud set and fill more than one whorl per year and not take up as much space in the house.
" Norway " spruce do grow fastest for us , but do need controlled shearing , I walk them twice a year.
Happy growing.

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