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Author Topic: Cedar trees  (Read 1126 times)

Offline heflinsi

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Cedar trees
« on: January 19, 2017, 02:06:48 PM »
I am thinking of removing the cedar trees around my food plots...  Pro's and Con's???  I have apple trees and pear trees growing in the plots and keep getting cedar rust.  Also three are growing under my best producing white oak.
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Offline Madgomer

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Re: Cedar trees
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2017, 06:19:25 PM »
They can be invasive if you don't keep them in check, but the deer do seem to like them for cover in the foul weather and the bucks love rubbing on them.  Can't speak to the impact on the fruit trees - no experience there, but aside from that I'd vote to keep them, or at least some of them.  I've had a couple of fantastic stands in big mature cedars - kinda partial to them.
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Re: Cedar trees
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2017, 06:28:05 PM »
That's a tough one.  I'm like Mad, I like them.  The three under your oak tree I would cut down.  I would be wary to cut them all down.  I have seen it where cedars were thick and then they were all clear cut leaving nothing but the deciduous trees and the deer pretty much vacated the area because of lack of cover, they like to feel secure and cedar trees give them that.  Just my opinion but on my farm I would not cut down many unless they were in the way of creating a food plot.
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Re: Cedar trees
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2017, 06:35:21 PM »
i'm w/ NWI. if they are under an oak, cut it down since it's robbing food and water from the oak. other than that, they are great cover
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Offline heflinsi

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Re: Cedar trees
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2017, 09:36:11 PM »
If you look across the field you can see a lot of cedars under two large white oaks, but you can also see that there is plenty of other cover.
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Re: Cedar trees
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2017, 05:32:03 AM »
I'm like others I'd remove the ones under your white oaks and leave the rest...Deer seem to really like cedars. Not sure of their effect on fruit trees. I've got big cedar trees in my yard with an apple tree 30 yards from them with no fruit issues.
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Re: Cedar trees
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2017, 06:27:52 AM »
I guess I'm gonna be a little different than everybody else.  I would take them down.  They are easy to remove by pushing over as they have a very shallow root system and are top heavy.  Like Mad said, they are an invasive species.  According to the picture, it doesn't look like there are enough of them to create a thicket.  I have trimmed the limbs of cedars from the ground to head high before to create rubbing posts.  The bucks wore them out!

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Re: Cedar trees
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2017, 08:02:32 AM »
under the oak trees I would take them out
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Re: Cedar trees
« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2017, 03:08:22 PM »
Take them all out! The apple tree's will do you more good than the cedars will!!

If you have some away from the apple tree's and the oaks leave them for cover. JMO
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Re: Cedar trees
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2017, 09:57:45 PM »
Sounds good guys thank you...I think I will find one close to a trail and take the limbs off and put a camera watching it so I can see if the bucks use it to rub on....
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Re: Cedar trees
« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2017, 02:16:30 PM »
That's a great idea, take the lower limbs off to a height of 4' or so, at least on one side that faces their typical travel route, I bet they'll shred it.
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Re: Cedar trees
« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2017, 02:59:46 PM »
The deer probably like to rub against them, for the smell. 
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Re: Cedar trees
« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2017, 03:10:05 PM »
I would remove the ones under the oak trees and maybe cut them back some from the food plots, but they do provide good cover for the deer
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