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He Planted Branches From Existing 20-ft. Tall Trees
When I extended my Austree windbreak, I planted branches from existing 20-ft. tall trees rather than buy new seedlings that cost up to $8 each. I soak the 4-ft. long branches in about 10 in. of plain water, with no fertilizer added, for about 3 weeks to get roots growing on the branches. Leaving the branches in the water too long would cause the roots to tangle. A garbage container with a rock in the bottom keeps the branches in place during the rooting process.
  I dig a hole about 8 in. deep to plant each seedling. Commercial mulch covered with plastic helps hold the moisture and smothers any weeds. (Jason Gogerty, 33094 K. Ave., Hubbard, Iowa 50122, ph 641 487-7825)

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2012 - Volume #36, Issue #6