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Gus
Da Kine

USA
114 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2019 :  17:13:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My house in Orchardland came with an orchard, that, mostly, I do not want. There are 8 rows of trees, each row about 75 feet with 6 or 8 trees in each row,varying in height from about 4 to 7 feet. The trees are mostly from the Pacific Northwest, and all require a winter frost to produce. All they do is get covered in weeds and brush and never produce. Does anyone have a recommendation of someone with equipment who can solve my problem without the need for a second mortgage?
Mahalo, Gus

Punaperson
Da Kine

USA
219 Posts

Posted - 12/16/2019 :  07:06:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Where is Orchardland ? Do you by chance mean Orchidland ?

A lot depends on the diameter of the tree trunks, and the amount of root systems. Someone with a chainsaw could possibly down the trees for removal or composting, and then stump killer painted on would prevent regrowth.
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Gus
Da Kine

USA
114 Posts

Posted - 12/16/2019 :  12:36:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I wonder how many times I misspell Orchidland when thinking about the orchard. Anyway, I found a guy who is going to do exactly that, cut the trees at the base, chip them and move the chips to an area that needs rebuilding, and then mow down all the weeds that have grown up. I did not know about stump killer, and will add that to the project. Mahalo.
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bluesboy
Kamaaina

924 Posts

Posted - 12/16/2019 :  12:39:29  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
cut down the trees and plant useful ones.
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Mangosteen
malihini

USA
93 Posts

Posted - 12/17/2019 :  14:02:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just be sure to have the guy use potassium nitrite to kill the stumps. This will not poison the soil like kerosene or some kind of fuel oil will.
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Durian Fiend
Kamaaina

USA
546 Posts

Posted - 12/19/2019 :  04:39:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Gotta ask-what variety of tree-mostly- will be killing?
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tada
Kamaaina

776 Posts

Posted - 12/20/2019 :  00:30:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I recall weather man Willard Scott asserting that deciduous trees react solely to sunlight exposure not anything to do with temperature. That's what he said anyway.
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terracore
Punatic

6052 Posts

Posted - 12/22/2019 :  12:15:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If you don't mind sharing, who did you hire / how much do they charge?
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Gus
Da Kine

USA
114 Posts

Posted - 01/06/2020 :  10:51:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The trees that I cut were things like apple, pear, peach, all trees that had labels requiring at least 120 hours under 40 degrees. The fruit they produced, if anything grew was small and terribly unhealthy looking. It's hard to say what it cost, because after he showed up with 2 other people, the most humongous chipper I have ever seen, an excavator and other machinery, I had him do other things. He cut down my rod infested Ohia, Chipped the 100 trees he removed, used the chips to fill in low spots and rocks essentially adding useable space to the yard, and lots of cleanup. The bill was close to 2K. Expensive, but worth it. That said, I still have some Ohio that he cut. If anyone needs firewood in Orchidland, come and get it.
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tada
Kamaaina

776 Posts

Posted - 01/11/2020 :  07:59:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I wonder if my interpretation of what Willard Scott was right? The context was the appearance of the cherry blossoms in April.

So did the leaves drop off and reappear yearly?
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Mangosteen
malihini

USA
93 Posts

Posted - 01/11/2020 :  16:46:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Willard Scott is not a biologist and has no idea what he is talking about if he says sunlight and not temperature is the key to getting stone fruit to produce fruit. One might get stone fruit trees to produce in Volcano or on the slopes of one of the volcanoes IF they were "low chill" type trees. "Winter chill" means temperatures below 45 degrees but above 32 degrees. Even "low chill" trees require hundreds of these hours.
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tada
Kamaaina

776 Posts

Posted - 01/11/2020 :  23:16:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sorry. Didn't make myself clear. But this was long time ago. He didn't say anything about fruit but about fall foliage or cherry blossoms in the spring.
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