I've ordered from NWC or Whitetail Crabs as it's known now for 3 years and they have been most impressive every year. They are good growers too. My wickson and droptine planted in 2020 really flowered out this year.
Droptine planted spring of 2020
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By the way - What are you guys fertilizing with and how many times per year? Thing looks like it was on steroids!
I used to use spikes but this year just dumped some 10-10-10 around each tree. 1 cup per inch of tree diameter. I did it in late April. Once in spring is all that is needed. Don’t fertilize later in the year.
Ha we've all been there ordering more trees than we should in one year..... ask my chiropractorLots of planting over the last several weekends plus removing canopy. We pulled down 3 Oaks that were probably 75+ years old, Plus 25-50 medium sized canopy from all over the woods.
I learned some very hard lessons this year. Stop over buying trees!! You just can't get them all planted while living 3.5 hours away and your wife having other expectations of your time spent on the property. ie. put the pier in. fill in this low spot. Planting and caging 21 Crab apples was a pretty good chore. Plus an extra HEWES crab apple I wasn't expecting, 85 more norway spruce, 50 Hybrid willows, 50-100 ROD. However, 25 eastern red cedars, 15 norway spruce, 100 Miscanthus rhizomes all went to waste because I just didn't have enough planting time.
Crab Apples - These are all 100% sun facing South/west/east. North is to the rear.
Health of the 3 orders. The Crab Apples all look good with the exception of maybe one of them.
Whitetail crabs all looked fantastic. Bluehill and Turkey Creek were fine, but the order from Whitetail Crabs was exceptional.
Compiling the final list of installed crabs for 2022
Whitetail Crabs List
(3) 30-06 Crabapple $71.85
(3) Droptine Crabapple $71.85
(3) Crossbow Crabapple $71.85
Blue Hill Wildlife Nursery List
(1) Big dog,
(1) Sweet Dog,
(1) Chestnut Crab
(2) Big Dog, apple B118 #1 2 $23 $46
(1) Chestnut, crabapple B118 #1 1 $23 $23
(1) Dolgo, crabapple B118 #1 1 $23 $23
(1) Kerr, crabapple B118 #1 1 $23 $23
(1) Yellow Dog, crabapple B118 #1 1 $23 $23
Wifes tasks for me.(Really a tale of two sides of this property). This was another couple days worth of work - Pier in. Stepping stones added, filled in some old ruts and re-seeded.
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Got to remember we are in WI....much shorter growing season. Hard to compare to our friends in KS/PA/etc where they probably get an extra month of growing vs us where soil temps just got to 55 last week and apple trees are just starting to show some flowers. I always have to remind myself of that....i lay off the fertilizer first year, that's just my own opinion.By the way - What are you guys fertilizing with and how many times per year? Thing looks like it was on steroids!
I broadcast using a hand spreader into my previous crop. Terminated and mowed that crop down on the seeds. Most of my plots are deep in the woods and carved out with chainsaws. Nothing more than 1/2 acre. I could never drill due to location and lack of equipment. Not ideal to what some folks have, but I experiment and live with what I have.
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