Gordon Haverland wrote:Many trees that can be trees (what a wonderful concept, eh?) are prevented from being trees in the mind of Powell by cattle in the forest. I think Powell may be assigning blame to the wrong animal, or perhaps the blame should be shared. Deer (Bambi) is an animal that will keep trees that should be trees, from becoming trees. Staying as some shrub their entire life. I would hazard a guess that most of the damage that Powell is assigning to cattle, probably was done by deer. Fences (barbed wire, or Osage-orange (and similar)) of the time were mostly trying to keep animals in. I see little writing about deer and their effects on farms. Maybe I am looking in the wrong places?
But Powell's writing on basswood is interesting. You can prune it to stay as a shrub. And you could make a hedge of this shrub. And the hedge will sucker. You could allow some suckers to develop into trees (at an appropriate distance and spacing). And so you could have an upper row of trees on either side of a hedge, all of which have flowering basswood. Probably a reasonable windbreak; but certainly a big spring feed for bees.
Not everyplace gets retrograde winds that are of damaging magnitude (I do). But, if one sets up a reasonable windbreak to handle the normal winds, this idea of a triple basswood hedge/windbreak seems a useful thing to plant on the leeward side.
The biggest problem I see in this, is that basswood doesn't fix nitrogen.
Gordon Haverland wrote:This project is on hiatus for a while (weeks?). I am trying to harvest potatoes, and the computer that has my typesetting work, has a hardware problem. My guess is graphics card or power supply.