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  • Hi Mary, What City and State do you live in?  I will see if there is a forester contact I can give you.

    Neil

    Mary Trebbien said:

    The maple tree population has been descimated by harvesting them from our farm forests leaving the wooded areas thin and spindly weak habitat. I need to find a way to get the unwanted seed debris from urban areas to to natually reseed our forests.

    Any help you can offer is greatly appreciated.

  • The maple tree population has been descimated by harvesting them from our farm forests leaving the wooded areas thin and spindly weak habitat. I need to find a way to get the unwanted seed debris from urban areas to to natually reseed our forests.

    Any help you can offer is greatly appreciated.

  • I planted about 200 black oak acorns this fall in a random pattern in my yard.  Using a battery operated drill and spade bit I drilled a hole and planted an acorn.  I had a friend who did this and had great success.  It was several years ago with much better moisture, both in the soil and timely rains.  Will see what happens. 

  • Here is a nice resource:

    How to Grow Oaks from Acorns

    Growing oaks from acorns is easy.  The method requires very little money, no great physical strength, simple tools and only a little knowhow.  It does require proper timing, attention to detail and patience.

    Prepare the planting sites in the late summer before the acorns are to be planted.  Advance preparation saves a huge amount of labor and greatly increases the survival and growth of young trees.  Kill an area of grass at least three feet in diameter with an herbicide, by clean cultivating the soil, or by smothering the grass with a heavy layer of mulch.

    Acorns drop in mid September.  Collect more than you think you need; they are not all viable and each planting site will be planted with several nuts.  Each kind of oak should be stored separately.

    Oaks fall into two categories: the white oak group, with acorns which germinate as soon as they ripen, provided they are planted in moist soil; and the red oak group, the acorns of which must be kept moist and cool over the winter and then planted in early spring.  The white oak group includes white, chestnut, chinquapin, post, bur, overcup, swamp white and swamp chestnut oaks.  The red oak group includes red, black, scarlet, pin, Shumard, willow, shingle, cherry bark and southern red oaks.

     Put the acorns in a container of water.  Those which sink are viable and should be kept.  Those which float are sterile and should be discarded.

    Do not store acorns under dry, warm conditions.  If they dry out, they lose viability quickly.  Members of the white oak group should be planted immediately in the place where they are to grow.  Members of the red oak group can be stored in an open plastic storage bag mixed with moist peat moss or leaf mold, in a refrigerator or outdoors, in a rodent proof, well drained container in a cool shady place, covered with organic mulch.  Check the moisture once a week during the winter to make sure the mulch is moist but not wet. Don’t let them freeze.  If you are not sure if they are white oaks or red oaks, examine them in storage occasionally.  If they sprout, they are white oaks and should be planted outdoors immediately.

    In the fall for white oaks, or early in March for red oaks, plant six to ten acorns in each planting site, placing each nut with the cap end just at the soil surface. Pull the mulch back from the planting area.  If the acorns have germinated, place the root tip downward making sure not to break the root.  Not all the acorns will sprout.  If deer or squirrels are a threat, the planting site can be covered with a two foot square of half inch hardware cloth or a metal colander.  Be sure to remove this rodent screen in early May, before the seedlings appear.

    The seedlings will appear early in May.  Keep weeds away from the seedlings.  Roundup can be used to kill the grass.  Cover the seedlings with a bucket while spraying to prevent the herbicide from touching them.  Hand weeding should be done close to the seedlings.  Keep the mulch less than one inch deep around the stems of young seedlings.  Use any means necessary to kill weeds around the seedling trees.

    At the beginning of the second spring, thin to the three strongest seedlings, then to the strongest sapling at the beginning of the third spring.  Don’t attempt to transplant seedlings; plant more acorns next spring.  Oaks transplant poorly; new seedlings will outgrow transplants.  Continue to keep grass and lawn mowers away from the base of the young trees.  Dried grass clippings and leaf mold make the best mulch.

    Ray Major 812-367-0847

    ray.g.major@gmail.com

  • I do as well, i have two rows of ginko and osage orange trees wintering in my vegetable garden waiting for spring transplanting.....i have done oaks, apple and walnut as well.

  • I do, this year I have been attempting to grow chestnut oak acorns.  I floated in a bucket to choose the best ones and I planted them in this fall.  I think I was too early and should have kept them indoors and moist until the spring.  Also squirrels ate almost every one, so I have also learned I need to keep them covered once in the planting container. 

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