Ask the Quail Guy - Larry from Michigan

Published on: Jul. 17, 2009

already starting to sprout. Most need some grass treatment, but most of the grass is cool-season clumps. Dead vegetation from last season is a more pressing problem.

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I planted some American plum last spring to see how it would grow. It's taken off very nicely. The orange flags are where I planted shrubs. I'll be planting more next spring. I found a couple of patches growing on abandoned land in town. Is it possible to dig up the smaller stems and transplant it? When would be the best time? Same with dogwood.

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I have a nice transition zone along the woods, but have several pole-size and smaller walnuts growing in it. Once they are removed, I'll be able to disk. The edge contains berry canes, gooseberry, grape, pokeweed and other plants. Along the two-track, a few desmodium grow. It's ironic. My brother-in-law next door has several patches plus some roundhead or hairy lespedeza. I have none on the other side of the fence; our properties adjoin. He probably doesn't even know it's there. Can I transplant desmodium? When is the best time?

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If I cut sumac, will it re-sprout? Mine is too big for rabbits or cover. Birds do eat the berries. Black locust--good or bad for quail? Can you recommend a herbicide for dewberry? I have a lot of it. It filled in both ends of one of my food plots. Fortunately, there's some ragweed in the open spaces.

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One day, when it works, I'm coming to one of Missouri's workshops. Michigan doesn't even have a private land specialist and rarely holds any kind of workshops.

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More Quail Guy's Reply:

It sounds like a nice property. It's pretty common to get a lot of questions from a landowner after they complete a management practice. I haven't seen two properties that looked the same or got the exact same vegetation response. As a landowner you need to adapt your management to what Mother Nature gives you. You're doing a good job. Here are a few recommendations based on what you have told me.

Small, narrow old fields

Small, narrow fields can be difficult to burn, especially under powerlines. I wouldn't try to burn under these large powerlines. You

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