i would say that if you want hardwood, not the weird looking trees with the big funny looking leaves, you are wasting your time. if you plant oak, it will take at least 50 years or more to get any wood out of it. i would plant pine and it grows fast! i would then sell it and use the money i got for my hardwood projects. Jerry was talking about a few trees and he lives in Atlanta. if you plant an amount of trees that is worth harvesting, it will pay big dividends. it has to be enough to be profitable for the harvester.in south georgia, pine timber is big business. to someone who doesnt have an agricultural background , they are guessing. no disrespect to anyone, but you have to understand timber.
i know nothing about maple or alder, but i do know that red oak takes a lifetime to see lumber from.
just an opinion from this part of the country.
ps, the beautiful appearance of a hardwood is due to the close knit grain it provides. if it grew faster the grain will be more like a new growth pine. i do love oak, but know it is a waste of time to try and grow it.
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Last edited by levon; 03-05-2009 at 05:13 PM.