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Old 12-22-2010, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Central NJ
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I have vacant land in NYS and I am considering planting a sizable number of trees next season at least 1000 and no more then 4000. I wanted some input. I am finishing brush hogging on some overgrown fields and though this would be a good idea. My wife and I own a tractor and it is at the site. I know we will have plant loss to deer early on and most likely theft later but as an absent grower I though there would still be a decent profit 5 - 7 years down the road. I will be planting a 6ft grid and plan on a wholesale cutting not a pre-holiday retail tree sale.

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Old 12-22-2010, 12:18 PM
 
Location: CasaMo
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When you say absentee, how often will you be there? The trees need to be pruned every year in order to have a thick, full look. Otherwise, there will be a foot or more between the yearly branchings and it will look like Charlie Brown's Christmas tree.

You'll have to spray for borers as well. Its a lot of work. The demand for live trees is dropping every year. I'm not a grower, but the ones in my area decided to do regular row crops instead due to the market conditions.
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Old 12-22-2010, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Central NJ
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I am there at least once a month. I want to join the local christmas tree growers association for info. I was not aware of a drop in demand.
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