Marco Banks wrote:Not to be a contrarian, but from my experience in Kansas where Osage Orange (hedge apples) are commonly used as shelter belts, they aren't planted by birds but by the farmers to keep the fields from blowing. WAY back in the day, they'd run a single bottom plow behind a team of horses right along their property line and turn over a single "flip" of soil. Then they'd walk along and drop a hedge apple in every 10 steps, and kick the dirt over the top. Two years later, they'd have an 8 foot tree and the makings of a boundary-defining shelter belt.
I remember a couple of the 80-year old farmers taking about it when I was a kid (back in the late 60's and early 70's. Their grandfathers had busted the sod and planted the first wheat crop, only to see the dust storms blow through and blow everything away. So the widespread use of Osage Orange as the most popular tree for Kansas shelter belts became the norm. Thousands of miles of these were planted in the 30's and 40's.