Strange question, but were planning to plant some willow and brambles on a shoot work party sometime shortly. We're planting them for flushing/holding cover for pheasants but i know u can use them for browsing or for thrashing trees to attract deer.
Has anyone done much off this and is there any easy ways to do it.
With the willow we were jist going to cut pieces off stem off and heel it into the ground, does it matter the size of the pieces u cut, ie if u leave it a foot or 2 long u've already got 2 foot off growth or is it better to cut small pieces as they will have less chance off them drying out. Also is it better to cut pieces of young trees? or make no difference.
We had a wee go last year but i think the dry spring dried them out and we went for the long stem approach, thought it would be quicker to get a bit off cover but not very successful
With the brambles do we have to dig the roots out or can we cut the stems (like with willow) and jist stick them in the ground and hope they will self root.
I remember helping a commision ranger years ago while on work experience from school, we were digging up wild rasps by the root and replanting them in a newly brashed deer glade to help attract the deer there.
Cheers in advance for any suggestions