Plan for Spring Planting with Chestnut Hill Outdoors

Mast orchards are great for attracting wildlife, and after the initial investment and establishment, require far less time, effort and cost than food plots or even feeders. If you want to maximize that investment, remember the 5 Ps: Proper Planting Prevents Poor Performance. Plan before you plant.

Start by defining and refining objectives. Your primary goal may be to attract more deer in the fall. You’ll be far more effective in the long run at attracting and holding more and healthier wildlife by providing the proper food to meet their year-round nutritional needs. You’ll also be more effective at widening your property’s window of attractiveness.

You can enhance that by selecting a variety of soft and hard mast trees and shrubs, particularly those that fill nutritional gaps. For example, plums provide soft mast as early as May and June in the deep south and early July further north. Follow that up with pears, which will ripen from July-August, depending on variety and location.

Orchards or groves of blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and grapes provide soft mast in late summer when the nutritional value of maturing forbs and grasses is dwindling and hard mast has yet to ripen and fall. They also attract a greater variety of wildlife, including turkeys, grouse, rabbits and many non-game species, as well as providing nesting, brood-rearing and bedding cover.

Fill in the next phase with apples, crabapples and early drop persimmons, and to ensure there are no gaps, add some late drop persimmons as well. All of these will attract and hold deer throughout the early and mid-fall bow seasons.

To keep deer healthy, happy and on-site throughout fall hunting seasons, add your hard mast trees. Using different varieties of white and red oaks will further widen your window of attractiveness, and no mast species provides more and better nutrition throughout the fall than Dunstan Chestnuts.

It’s also important that you select the right plants from each group to ensure maximum productivity. Fortunately, the folks at Chestnut Hill Outdoors do more than sell you plants. To ensure you receive the maximum productivity from their products, they also provide sound advice and instruction on a range of things, including picking tree and shrub varieties that are best suited to your plant hardiness zone, regional climate and soil conditions.

Soft and hard mast bearing trees and shrubs are available from Chestnut Hill Outdoors in a range of size containers depending on species and variety. Most will bear fruit in their second or third year and eventually be tremendous producers of mast when other food is lacking in nutrition or supply.

For more on selecting and protecting the right food plot and deer attractant plants, visit ChestnutHillOutdoors.com, or call (855) 386-7826. LIKE US!

Chestnut Hill is the best place for you to purchase your food plot and deer attractant plants because they offer a large selection, their plants are specifically bred to attract deer, and they offer customers different sized plants at different levels of growth.

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