Pollinators, Plant Propagation, Hunting Property Transformation

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In this episode, Jon Teater (Whitetail Landscapes) and Travis Harmon (Creative Habitat) discuss a project of restarting an area for pollinator blends and the individual steps that a landowner can take when thinking through the process of establishing flowering plant species. Travis explains the importance of understanding when nature drops seeds and trying to replicate seed drop times to align with planting processes. Travis explains a better way to develop a pollinator blend and utilizes his nursery to expand and provide better plants to his clients. Travis discusses rooting hormones to support better plant development.

Jon discusses an ancient technique to help better propagate plants across hunting properties. Jon discusses easy ways that support an increase in raspberries, blackberries, red osier dogwood. Travis discusses other ways to develop plants and ideas around developing better plants that have higher survival. Jon and Travis explain the benefit of using fabric to reduce weed competition and

Travis explains his new property and activities around enhancing each area and ways to make changes on a new hunting property. Travis details current federal programs, and improvements surrounding upland birds, Wetland Reserve Program (WRP), and row tree planting. Travis breaks down his new property and areas that are problematic and plants like cattails, and limitations related to the WRP program that are impactful. Travis details the steps of adding fruit trees, food plots, tree plantings. Travis discusses removing cottonwood trees and cattails. Travis discusses turning a property around that has very few deer.  

Travis goes through the steps of removing cottonwood, and why it's necessary to reduce species that over compete other preferred plants. Travis explains mistakes he has made with removing trees and what chemicals work best when removing certain tree species. Travis discusses designing a property around fire and how if its not done properly it can limit your ability to maintain a property. Travis discusses wetlands, the importance of removing non-preferred plants to support an increase in duck interest and feeding. Jon discusses beaver areas and the related benefits after these animals disband these areas. Travis explains the importance of emergent wetlands and overlooked plants in these areas. Travis and Jon discuss tree plantings and replacement plants for cottonwoods, such as chokecherry, dogwoods, elderberry.

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