Iain Adams wrote:
It grows rampantly around the edges of my young food forest, so I pollard them to feed goats and keep em from encroaching. They are a great and rapidly regenerative fodder source, and according to my goats, are just about the tastiest thing ever. They'll completely strip and debark them in minutes, turning them into EXCELLENT rocket stove fuel. I've also had some success using them as a trellis for vertical growers around the edges of my fields.
Jessica Hill wrote:
Iain, could you please give some more details about pollarding your sumacs? You say the grow back rapidly, but...how rapidly? How frequently do you cut them back?
I just bought 2 acres and the hedgerow between the property lines is filled with sumac. I'd like to pollard/coppice the wood that has spread a little too far in the wrong section of the yard. Definitely don't want to take it all out, I like watching the birds eat the drupes. I'm hoping to integrate them more succinctly into my master plan...as soon as I have one, that is.
kent smith wrote:are there any good uses for sumac trees? one amish nieghbor told me that the smoke from them is toxic. I saw that they are related to poison ivey. anyone know sumacs?
Jessica Hill wrote:Wow Deb, thank you.
That is truely amazing information. I like the idea of pushing the pith out to make tubes and decorative beads.
Do you think letting my dog chew on a smaller piece of sumac would be similar to a person using a toothstick? I think that may be in our future as well. She does love a good stick to chew.
Jessica Hill wrote:Anyone want to post a 'how-to' of removing the pith from twigs and branches? My Googling is turning up mostly citrus related info and references to making canabis oil...which I'm definitely sure is NOT what I want.