Quercus alba

Received a box of bare root oak trees middle of last week from Musser Forests. Traveled to Slabtown to plant. (The Virginia Department of Forestry was out of white oak seedlings by the time I called.)

The threat above the ground is from deer. It’s hard to establish an oak forest where there hasn’t been one for 200 years. The threat below the ground is from voles. Saplings get up to three feet tall and fall over, all their roots chewed off.

I planted 22 trees, slow going on account of armoring them against critters. Mostly, I planted white oaks. Hoping they get six feet above the ground before I get six feet under.
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