[NAFEX] Tree suggestions

Art Petrzelka art at complum.com
Sat Feb 21 20:31:57 EST 2004

On Fri, 2004-02-20 at 16:32, Michael D. Bathrick wrote:
> Finally, I have purchased enough land to plant a small orchard (about an
> acre).  Only problem is that there is a small spring on the property,
> and I am told the water table is quite high.  I walked the property in
> October, and didn't notice it as being swampy.

I have a lot of springs on my farm in Eastern Iowa. I am in the Iowa
clay bluffs a few miles from the Iowa River. Here, springs tend to come
out on the lower end of a spur of a hill. As I understand it, it's
leaking between the layers of clay.

If you can figure out where it's coming out, you may be able to tile it
in a direction that isn't damaging to the trees. I suspect that the next
couple months would be a good time to check on it. Are there tiling
contractors in New York state? They would have some good suggestions.

In all honesty, most spring openings are not apparent readily. I have
one spring that I can definitely place the origin. That is not counting
the spring that started when I dug a posthole! I had to use all gravel
to tamp that post in!
Art Petrzelka
Amana, Iowa, USA

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