Magazine article American Forests

Ask the Tree Doctor

Magazine article American Forests

Ask the Tree Doctor

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Don't know when to prune? Curious obout lobed leaves? Hove no fear--the Tree Doctor is here.

Q: I have planted more than 2,000 walnut trees on my property and about 200 are bearing nuts now. Where can I find equipment to harvest the nut? I will have several acres of nuts to harvest in the future for seeds or other products before the timber would be harvested.

George Colletta, via e-mail

A: Our search of our literature and other walnut growers only discussed hand-picking. No doubt you hove already fried placing a sheet of plastic under the tree and shaking it. You may want to contact the Following organizations to see whether they are aware of any special equipment: The Walnut Council, Box 41121, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46241, and Hammons Products Company, 217 Hammons Dr., Stockton, Missouri, 65785.

Q: This spring I planted what the nursery said was a cultivar of disease-resistant elms called Prospector. But a recent article about elms said only two dutch-elm resistant types exist: Valley Forge and New Harmony. Is Prospector a third?

Jim Eggert, via e-mail

A: The Prospector is disease-resistant and has a nice shape, but it isn't an American elm, according to Dr. …

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