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Old 04-28-2012, 05:20 PM   #11
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Thank you so much for your replies. We believe they are done with the tree removal (for now) The equipment is gone. My husband estimates it was 500 feet. There are two large piles of dirt, one is top soil and suspect they will be leveling off some ground.

I know what you mean, GonativeAlex. We learned from neighbors that this property had a lot of tress on it. He also tore down the barn that would have provided a nice wind break. Last year we met the people who built that barn, they didn't sound too happy about what the previous owner did.

Since we moved here, my husband has slowly put a tree line in. Not a lot of trees, but enough to give us some shelter from the fierce winter winds. He's getting tired of the blizzards that leave no snow in the pasture but dump it all into the driveway.

That has been a lot on my mind about anything we do here, what's going to happen if we have to move? And selling to the DNR, well, if I understand this correctly, the Iowa legislature is trying to push a law through that would not allow the DNR to purchase any more land. They did want to force the DNR to sell off some of it, but because of the outcry, they removed that part of the bill.
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Old 04-28-2012, 05:30 PM   #12
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You can attract lots of upland song birds, butterflies, and native bees with-out trees but some native shrubs and trees will have the most bang for the buck. There's a good possibility that those trees down the road were Chinese elm and willow and possibly Russian olive. A good course of action is planting a pocket prairie with common bird seed from the store, You'll get a mix of safflower, sunflowers, millets and add some non-gm dent corn and buckwheat. Sun chokes are a perennial that should do well in your region. Nature abhors bare ground and will seed your prairie with buffalo berry, Cottonwood, and invasive. Just compost the non-natives. The way the Wall Street crowd has turned the system into a Casino a Grove of Black Walnuts might be a better investment. Along that line of thinking a raspberry patch is a good investment, Once the parent plants are established they will reward you with sprouts that merely need transplanting. Lastly check out hazelnuts, 3 to 5 years to production and need little attention once planted.
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Old 06-28-2012, 07:32 PM   #13
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Thank you for the info, sprucetree. My husband has been more than a little upset by the loss of trees and you've given me plenty of ideas. And funny thing, when we were picking up some raspberries from the store, a child asked if we could plant some.

I sure have witnessed how nature hates bare ground, it is quickly filled with lamb's quarter.

Since the pasture is not mowed early, like it was the last couple years, we sure are enjoying the Bobolinks, Meadowlarks and Red-winged blackbirds that are nesting here. And the swallows are starting to congregate already because of the many bugs.
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Old 06-28-2012, 11:30 PM   #14
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It's great your children are interested and being exposed to gardening and ecology, When we were little our parents bought 3 apple trees. We all helped plant the trees and watered them so they wouldn't shrivel up and die. I'm sure I'm not the only one who asks neighbors [Usually new owners] if the tree was sick they just cut down. Some times it's a good reason but I've worked at houses and overhear some crazy thoughts. Most don't want the hassle of cleaning gutters and raking leaves, For the amount of extra wear and tear on the Air Conditioner and more kilowatts from the House baking in the sun they end up with a negative return. Some people think a tree is a tree. You hate to say the lovely tree they just cut down would have never clogged their sewer line because you will likely hear "I had a tree that big and the roots clogged the sewer"
In most cases it's best to let a sleeping dog lie, Kids really pick-up when somethings under Mom & Dad's skin. Of course if they ask telling them Mom & Dad like bird's singing and less trees means less bird's nests.

It sounds like you don't need every acre to farm, If you ever do have to sell and all the houses lack trees while you have a little woodlot and a nice windbreak it's likely the right buyer will pay a premium. While most people may not know each species of tree they can guess about how long a tree has been growing. Most have a pretty good idea what the extra cost would be to start from scratch.

But probably the biggest benefit is the family BBQ's and Planting & Playing together as a family.
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