harvesting pin oaks

Asked April 16, 2016, 10:02 AM EDT

I am interested in harvesting my pin oak trees. How do I go about this? Thank you.

New Castle County Delaware

3 Responses

I am not sure whether you mean harvesting seedling trees or harvesting acorns. I am not familiar with a use for pin oak acorns, other than for growing new trees. If that is what you want to do, just rake them up in the fall. If you mean harvesting seedlings, those should be dug while dormant--in the fall after the leaves have fallen or late winter before the trees leaf out. You will need to dig up the roots with a ball of soil and either place them in a container or tie burlap around the root ball. Then they can be transplanted to a new location.

Thanks Susan but I mean big grown trees for wood flooring etc.

Ok. In that case, you need to grow the trees as straight and tall as possible. Angelica nurseries grows trees in the field for one year, then cuts them back to the ground. When new stems emerge, they select the strongest and straightest stem and cut all the others to the ground. That promotes lots of vertical growth into the one remaining stem. I am not a forester (you may want to contact the Delaware Department of Agriculture Forestry Division), so I can't really provide details on managing a wood lot. Eventually, you harvest the tall straight trees and send the boles (trunk with no branches) to a sawmill. Here are a few publications on the subject.

http://www.na.fs.fed.us/spfo/pubs/silvics_manual/volume_2/quercus/palustris.htm
http://www.extension.umn.edu/environment/trees-woodlands/woodlands-owners-guide-to-oak-management/