Lean and green


This is one of the fine pines in the pine plantation. It’s grown a little differently from the others, having lost all of its lower limbs, but it is also leaning for some reason. (Top heavy?) Most of the other pines have thick lower branches, which tend to keep them upright because they press against the chicken wire cages surrounding them.

We have the pines more or less managed: all of them are now fenced, and there is little more we can do for them. Thus we don’t venture into the tall grass among the pines too often (at least during chigger season, which is about over). Because of that, I don’t know how long this pine had been leaning.

Libby and I did venture into the tall grass on our last trip to the woods to address this pine. When we spotted this leaner among the horde, we decided to do something about it. I happened to have a bit of twine in the bed of the truck that had once held a bale of straw together, so we used that to tie to the two posts and loop around the trunk. The looping is loose enuf to allow some play, so it won’t bind the trunk, but it is taut enuf to keep it more or less upright. We’ll watch its progress through the winter to see how it grows.

Missouri calendar:

  • Pawpaw fruits ripen.
  • Katydids sing in the trees at night.

2 Responses to “Lean and green”

  1. Ed Says:

    I’ve found that ropes directly against the bark of a small tree can quickly debark them as they wave in the wind. I generally put a piece of burlap or rubber between the rope and the tree so that the rope abrades against it instead of the tree.

  2. David Says:

    I planted 25 short leafed pines last March on my Ozarks land. So far most are doing very well and none have been eaten despite a total lack of fencing. It’s likely they are more of a winter food. I’ve had some nibbling on the new pecan and choke cherry, but what really gets wiped out is elderberry.

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