The nutritional needs of wildlife vary throughout the year, and to best meet these changes, it is essential to plant a variety of trees and shrubs that produce hard and soft masts. Hard mast addresses the late season, but spring and early summer are also critical nutritional periods best addressed by planting soft masts. Chestnut Hill Outdoors offers a variety of soft mast producers ideal for filling in the gaps in the nutrition calendar.
Blackberries are among the first shrubs to bear fruit in spring, as early as April and May in the deep South, and early June further north—peak periods for young and growing wildlife. Chestnut Hill Outdoors offers several varieties. The evergreen mulberry (Morus rubra), which includes native black, white, and red varieties, grows shrubby and provides abundant fruit and cover, another important component of wildlife habitat. black mulberry (Morus nigra) grows into the tallest tree and produces what many consider to be the highest quality mulberry fruit.
All trees are shipped bare root.
Shipped Size: 12 – 24 inches
Chestnut Hill Outdoors also offers a couple of native plums. The American plum (Prunus americana) bears abundant fruit in early summer, creating a thick cover for many species of wildlife. Chickasaw plum (Prunus angustifolia) also grows well in all but the coldest zones, forming suckers that create thickets that wildlife use as bedding and security shelter.
Plant hardiness zones
When selecting plants, it is important to choose plant species that are specifically adapted to the climate of your area. One of the best tools for determining this is the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. It divides the nation into 10 degree F zones based on average annual winter minimum temperatures. These zones or regions are then used to describe the range in which the plants are adapted and can be grown.
Use the link to enter the zip code you will be planting.
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map Link
Spring fruit helps fill in the gaps in the nutritional calendar to ensure wildlife gets what they need when they need it. Blackberries and plums help address the tremendous nutritional stress of lactating females and males as their antler growth rates increase. They also provide forage and cover for young wild turkeys, grouse, pheasants, quail, and other rapidly growing small game birds and mammals.
Chestnut Hill Outdoors is more than a daycare. They also provide good advice and instructions on proper planting and care to ensure you receive the maximum benefit from their produce. And they make sure that the plants you receive are adapted 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 feed plot and attractants because they offer a great selection, their plants are bred specifically to attract deer, and they offer customers different sized plants at different growth levels. To ensure that you receive the maximum benefit from their products, they also provide good advice and instructions on proper planting and care. For more information on Chestnut Hill Outdoors products and how to care for them, visit ChestnutHillOutdoors.com or call (855) 386-7826.
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