Plant Trees with Me As Part of “Operation Locust” — 10 Comments

  1. Are these going to be planted in such a way as to not need a lot of watering? Like beside a swale or you have automatic watering hooked up to planting site. I ask because I would like to see how that is done by you.


    • Well half way installed, sprinkers are in, manual valves for now. Wire is buried, timer and solenoids will go in this winter.

      • so if I were there you could give me a paper layout of the parts in the irrigation system? Something I could replicate where I live?

        • Not really the design is very very simple. There will be walk though videos and I think it will make sense.

    • Maybe you don’t have to irrigate if you just schedule more work weekends. 🙂
      Best of luck next time.

  2. These must be a different kind of locust tree than we have here in New England. Ours are the wickedest, invasive, impossible to eradicate, with huge thorns.

    • cut them down and burn as firewood, I think that is the plan for a lot of people who grow them.

    • I’m no expert, but…Huge thorns = Honey Locust, Small thorns = Black Locust. Both are nitrogen fixers, but Black is supposed to be better. Honey Locust has big edible pods and you can get thornless versions. The “Permaculture Orchard” guy uses thornless Honey Locusts as nitrogen fixers. Black Locust is also rot resistant and burns hotter.

      • Richard is exactly right, honey locust are horrifically thorned, they actually have thorns inside their thorns and on their thorns. Black locust have relatively small thorns.

        Either can be a problem with BAD MANAGEMENT, which is common, if you cut them to the ground they sucker like mad, so what do most people do, cut them to the ground. Sigh.

        And I just have to say this sorry, how the hell can a tree be an invasive species in its NATIVE HABITAT? It blows me away that people and GOVERNMENTS make this claim.