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Manhattan, KS 66502
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Wildlife Mast Bundle

Nut producing trees are a prominent part of the habitat for certain groups of animals. Deer, squirrels, turkeys, quail, and ducks may be sustained through critical winter months by these foods. The Wildlife Mast Bundle is available through the Kansas Conservation Tree Planting Program. All of the plants in this bundle are adaptable statewide on better soils.Plants grown for nut production need ample space to develop large crown and are spaced further apart than in many conservation plantings. The trees may be spaced about 25 to 50 feet.

Contents Of The Bundle
50 Bur Oak - large tree reaching a mature height of 50 to 80 feet. It is very drought tolerant once established. Although often considered to be slow glowing, it can grow 3 to 4 feet per year with adequate moisture. The acorn is favored by deer and many other wildlife.
25 Black Walnut - may reach a height of 90 feet on deep, well-drained, fertile soils, but on poorer soils is much shorter. The nuts are favored by squirrels. Many birds help clean up any bits and pieces in cracked nuts left by the squirrels.
25 Chinkapin Oak - are small to medium trees reaching a mature height of 30 to 60 feet on better soils. The 1/2-inch-long acorn is sweet and edible by a variety to birds and animals.

 Care After Planting
Water the trees as necessary for two years. Protect them from grazing and fire. Cultivate the plants for three years. After three years, they normally are established well enough to withstand competition from annual weeds. A labor saving alternative to cultivation is to install weed barrier fabric to reduce weed competition and conserve soil moisture.

For more information please read the full description of a Wildlife Mast Bundle here