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    Giant Cuttings – Rubbing Posts!

    Giant cuttings – Buck Rubbing Posts

    The idea behind rubbing posts is to draw deer to a known location near a treestand.  Think 20 yards off the edge of a field in front of one of your favorite setups.  The idea of cutting down a basswood tree and ‘planting’ it in the field has been used by many people for the last few years.  The problem is, the basswood tree is only good for one season.  And you usually have to add the licking branches manually with some lumber and fasteners.  We were hoping to come up with a way to plant a permanent rubbing post.  Below you will read about our success and failure with this experiment.

    In the spring of 2014 the cutting crew planted some really big cuttings.  We used 3 year old Hybrid Poplars that had been planted too close together and needed to be thinned.  We cut them off at the ground giving us a really big cutting to plant.

    20+ foot cutting, ready to plant.


    Living Willow Dome Construction

    Living Willow Dome

    Last spring my son Jake and I built a 8 foot wide, 5 foot tall willow dome.  This was the 2nd dome we installed at our home in West Central Wisconsin.

    Site preparation consisted of clearing the ground of all vegetation so we could install the landscape fabric.  The fabric keeps the weeds down and the moisture in.  Allowing the dome to grow with less competition for nutrients, water, and sunlight.  Here is the 1st step once we had completed:

    Willow Dome 4

    Ground cover fabric, ready to begin installing the dome!


    Using a piece of chalk, after finding the center of the fabric, we marked the locations for each willow whip:

    Fabric, marked with whip locations.


    Spring 2012 – A challenge at the nursery!

    It started out innocently enough, we had decided to add on to the nursery so we had more room to grow trees (and keep the deer out).  So the fence came down, ground was worked up, and we put the fabric down.  Lots of it.


    Mine is bigger than yours is contest 2012

    Win 500 free cuttings! 

    Welcome to the 2012 hybrid poplar growing contest.