Sunday, January 29, 2012
Carving out a new native pecan grove
Every native pecan grove starts out as a forest of river-bottom, hardwood trees that includes pecan in a mix of oak, ash, hackberry, and hickory. With high pecan prices comes increased interest in developing native stands of pecan trees into productive groves. Pictured above are native pecan trees that have just been released from a forest of competing trees. In the background, you can still see some pin oaks (pin oaks hold their brown leaves all winter long) that have yet to be cleared and brush piles waiting to be burned.
Clearing a new native grove is a lot of work but it still remains the fastest way for expanding your pecan acres. Over the next few months and years, I'll be watching this native grove for signs of further development. Will a ground cover be planted? Will we see cattle grazing under the trees? How soon will we see a nut crop? Only time will answer these questions.