Michelle Bisson

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Having acidic soils is a must.  They naturally grow at the edge of a coniferous forest after a forest fire or clear cutting.  They like sunny areas, but can tolerate partial shade as long as they still get adequate sun.

If your soil is not very acidic, then you will need to bring in some acidic soil as the blueberries will not thrive.   Some people think that throwing some pine needles on the ground around the plant will not make your soil acidic.  It not possible to make your non acidic soil acidic with additives. You need to have acidic soil in the first place.

I have 11 blueberry plants that I planted at the edge of our wild blueberry patch which is along the edge of a coniferous forest.

Since the birds love pecking at blueberries, you will need to net them when they start to ripen otherwise, there might not be much left for you and the once that are left will probably have peck holes in them.

"I didn't have experience with poplars and willows, but don't those trees send up shoots from the roots once they've been cut. They'll do that for many years, I can't tell you how long. "

This is what I am afraid of.  

Hopefully, someone knows the answer.

1 week ago
Yes, this is my goal.

"The more often you cut off the new growth, the sooner the energy in the roots will be exhausted, and the sooner the re-sprouting will stop. Once a year doesn't seem frequent enough. "

Now to figure out how frequently I should go back and cut back the new growth.

Anyone knows the frequency rate of cutting off the new shoots to exhaust the root system? 

Most of the saplings are less than 1 inch in diameter.
1 week ago
Basicially, cutting down the saplings is to stop the land from turning into a forest.  It is to keep the native forest from expanding to keep the potential forest fires from being too close and also to keep the wild animals (bears, cougars, moose) far enough from the areas where live and work.
1 week ago
Hiring a company is not an option nor is buying a ride lawnmower (and reselling it).

We can handle cutting by hand loppers where our push mower does not go, but it is dealing with the regrowth since it comes up as many shoots, but is more work to recut than the original cutting. 

So my main questions comes down to:

How many recuts (on average) do I need to do before I kill the saplings and what frequency such as twice a year, once a year etc...

I am mostly dealing with popular & willow both which shoots up fast.

1 week ago
Since it will not work out to have pigs, then I have to do the work of the pigs.

We do have some areas which I use the push lawnmower but the other areas it is not suitable for using the lawnmower. 

How many times do you have to cut down a sapling or young tree to stop it from growing back & what frequency?

I am using the cut saplings as mulch for my garden, but I do want to kill the saplings so they stop regrowing, as there will be always new saplings to cut in the future.  I want to minimize how much time I spend doing this each year.

1 week ago
What is the long term strategy for clearing several acres full of decideous saplings, bushes and wild raspberries.  I have no mechanical means to clear this area other than hand pruning or with a hand held brush trimmer.

Last year, when we cut them back to the ground, most of them had a regrowth this year of several branches making it even more work to recut them.  How many times does a sapling need to be cut back and the frequency in order for the sapling to die. 

The evergreens are not an issue.

Please share your experiences of how you have killed off the saplings & bushes and maintained several acres without a tractor or lawn mower.

1 week ago
the "furry" seeds are like fiberglass velcro.
1 month ago

  Probably not flavorful enough to dry for tea

It might be still useful for making tea as it probably still has nutritional value.  You can also add some other type of tea to strenghten up the flavour
1 month ago
Grape leaves are edible.  If Passion fruit will grow in your region, the leaves are edible raw in salads or you can cook it.  If the moringa tree will grow, even if it dies back to the ground that might be another option, or you can consider growing it as an annual.
1 month ago