Re: locust sapplings

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Posted by Newt on June 23, 2003 at 17:58:20:

In Reply to: locust sapplings posted by paddy nyegard on June 23, 2003 at 15:46:11:

: Good evening,
: We have a cabin in the mountains of NC. There appears to be number of locust sapplings in the field behind our house. My question is can one transplant them and if so what is the best time of year???
: My husband thinks they would make a good fence row???
: Also what kind of locust do you think they are ???
: Thank you
: Paddy

Hi Paddy,
There are two types of locust, the black locust and the common locust. The black locust blooms in the spring with fragrant flowers, but has seed pods and can be a messy tree. It also has thorns when it gets more mature and will spread around by suckering and seed dispersal. The roots of both will surface after about 15 years and get progressivly longer and larger to a spread of about 30' or more. Both also get worms here in Maryland and are usually brown and bare by mid summer. We inherited a common locust in our front yard and the roots lifted the sidewalk and were pushing up against the foundation of the house. It had worms hanging every summer and was most unpleasant to walk under. We had to have the tree cut down. Now there are sprouts all over the lawn as much as 30' from the original tree from roots left in the soil. So, we will have to dig up the entire yard to get rid if it! Here's a site with info on them.

http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/trees/index.htm

I'd say 'buyer beware', but how about 'fore warned is fore armed'?

Newt

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