Pole gardens are a great way to attract and retain more wildlife while improving habitat, and the more variety of plants, the better the result. Softer species like pears, apples, and crabapples help bridge the nutritional gap between summer succulents and fall hardiers. Chestnut Hill Outdoors offers enough variety of each that there is at least one, and often several, suitable for most habitats or weather conditions.
Chestnut Hill Outdoors offers three varieties of apples, each differing in chill requirement – the degree of winter temperature needed to induce the tree to break dormancy and begin flowering and producing. Each is also better suited to different plant hardiness zones.
Arkansas Black apples are better suited to slightly cooler climates, while Pink Lady apples do better in warmer temperatures, and Winesaps fall somewhere in between. All can produce fruit in 2-3 years, depending on the climate and the care received during and after planting. Like all apples, they require at least two trees for pollination; however, the larger the variety, the better the mast production.
The natives require little care or maintenance after planting and have high survival rates because they are placed in their natural environment. They’re also cool, hardy to USDA plant zones 6-8, and produce a large number of small fruits favored by deer and other wildlife.
Pears are often overlooked by landowners, but not wildlife. They provide great gap filler in the mast schedule when the herbaceous vegetation is maturing and dying and the hard mast has not yet fallen. Varieties such as the Flordahome pear bear fruit as early as July and August in the southern plant hardiness zones (8-10). Pineapple on the cob peaks in August and September in zones 5 through 9. Then Spalding and Kieffer pears take over from September through October in similar zones. Several other varieties may be more suitable for your particular soil, moisture, and climate conditions, and all are listed and described on the Chestnut Hill Outdoors website: www.chestnuthilloutdoors.com
Chestnut Hill Outdoors is more than just a daycare. To ensure you receive the maximum benefit from their products, they also provide great advice and instructions on proper planting and care. And they make sure that the plants you receive are suited to your regional climate. For more information on the varieties listed above and all Chestnut Hill Outdoors products and how to care for them, visit ChestnutHillOutdoors.com or call (855) 386-7826.
Chestnut Hill is the best place to buy your deer feedlot and attractant plants because they offer a great selection, their plants are grown specifically to attract deer, and they offer customers different size plants at different growth levels.
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