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10/05/2013 at 15:44

Thanks very much in regards to help and guidance, and also wishing us well. Will do just that fairly girl in regards to weaning them in to their new environment, before planting them in their fixed setting. Am from Falkirk myself originally but am now based down in Oxfordshire where the work is to be carried out. when planting them in their final location, I think I am going to protect each specimen individually with a tree guard and stake. Then protect the whole area with some fencing to hopefully avoid any deer damage, how does this sound? Will let you both know how get on as the client won't mind at all, and hopefully the specimens will thrive with the right amount of aftercare. Although if we have another day like yesterday wind wise, they may end up in the farmers field next door

10/05/2013 at 16:23

Yes, any newly planted young trees around here at present would need an anchor to keep them in place!!  If each has a well placed, low stake, and a cleared of grass area to grow in they should do fine - do deer eat oaks?  I know there are some trees they don't, but as that is a problem we don't have here I know little about it.  Tree guards are a good idea, or if the deer don't get them the rabbits might - all protection you can give - though nature does her job prettyd well anyway, she probably appreciates a helping hand now and again.  Good luck. 

10/05/2013 at 19:17

Not sure if deer eat them but I wouldn't take any chances-not after spending hundreds of pounds on 'supposedly' rabbit proof plants only to see them become bunny supper..

Lewis - any help you can give 'em will be worthwhile!

As Bookertoo says-the low stake is best as it allows the top to flex and bend with the wind and thereby strengthens it, while keeping the bottom well anchored.

Good luck with it 

10/05/2013 at 21:13

Thanks again for the help and guidance, will let you both know how things go as the client is keen to get them on their way. In regards to a low stake, I understand exactly what you are saying, should this be a specific size to the specimen, say half or a third of the size out of the ground possibly to encourage the healthy tapour we are after.

11/05/2013 at 07:10

I have seen this sort of thing used very successfully http://www.acorn-planting-products.com/pages/product-range/shelterguard-tree-shelters/tree-shelters---tubes.php 

also some good guidance re stakes etc here http://www.forestry.gov.uk/pdf/eng-treecare-guide.pdf/$file/eng-treecare-guide.pdf

Good luck - sounds a lovely project 

11/05/2013 at 07:50

That's a good site for the tree guards Dove.

I should have said that Lewis-of course if you have the taller guards on your saplings the stake can't go on at an angle!

10/09/2014 at 21:15

I've just found and dug up an oak seedling and brought it home it stands about 6 inches tall and is in a pot now could anyone tell me how old it might be I'm guessing 3 to 4 months, Lewis Mitchell has stated his have grown 3 to 5 feet in a year Is this an accurate growth rate??

10/09/2014 at 21:23

If it's just a few inches tall it germinated this year.  One appeared this year in the grass at one of 'my' gardens (jays bury the seeds) and we've marked it with a stake and been careful to mow round it.  We'll probably move it in a few weeks.

10/09/2014 at 21:30

If it's woody at the bottom or you can see a distinct difference  between top and bottom it could be last year's. Here they don't do much more that germinate and make a couple of leaves in the first year but it's hard going so yours might do better.

I think 3-5 feet a year is a typing error  An oak won't be 60-100 feet tall on 20 years. They're slow growers, that's why the wood is so dense.

11/09/2014 at 19:57
Thanks I thought as much I'm hoping for 12 inches a year. It's a grey/green stalk with 3 leaves at the top same level, the tap root is nearly the length of the whole thing.
12/09/2014 at 09:25

3 to 5 inches a year, in a good year maybe 8 inches is a decent growth rate for a oak tree in this country.

Saying that I do bonsai trees and have an oak tree that's 9 inches tall which is 12 years old!

14/09/2014 at 16:21
That's interesting how did you make it a bonsai?
23/09/2014 at 09:46

took a four year old seedling and started training the shoot and roots, pretty simple really

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