[blockquote cite=”Ben Tyler” type=”center”]”I think about what would happen in natural succession, then I try to plug in and enhance the system.”[/blockquote]
Key Takeaways from Ben Tyler:
- “I think about what would happen in natural succession, then I try to plug in and enhance the system.”
- “Once you learn to read the land, I have no fear of what you will do to it, or with it. And I know many pleasant things it will do to you.” Aldo Leopold
- “Wildlife can be restored with the same tools that had heretofore destroyed it – fire, axe, cow, gun, and plow.” Aldo Leopold
- Some of the old farming settlers were wise enough to leave a percentage of their farms as prairie because they could relay on a yield in times of drought.
Plants Mentioned in this Episode:
Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis):
“Hackberry species occur throughout Texas; five species are trees and one species is shrublike. The two species most common across the state are Celtis laevigata, also called “sugarberry” or “sugar hackberry,” and C. reticulate, also known as “netleaf hackberry” or “western hackberry.” C. Laevigata also has two recognized varieties.
The trees have strong tap roots and many shallow, spreading roots. The bark is mostly smooth and gray, with small bumps or warts on the older stems. The wood has a characteristic yellowish white color.
The leaves of hackberry have a rough texture, like sandpaper. The leaf underside has large, netlike veins. Although not noticeable, the flowers occur in early spring and develop into rounded, succulent, reddish brown fruits (drupes) that persists on the tree throughout the winter.
The forage value is fair for wildlife and poor for livestock.” Source: AgriLIFE Extension
Osage Orange (Maclura pomifera):
“Bois d’arc, also commonly named osage orange, is a small to medium-sized tree in the mulberry family growing to 60 feet tall. It is a perennial, cool-season native with white, milky sap.
The deciduous leaves are simple, range from 2 to 4 inches long, and are located alternately along the stem. Young leaves can have a covering of fine hair. The older leaves are hairless and lustrous.
Each twig or branch is armed with stout spines on the angle between the upper side of the twig and the supporting branch. The flowers are very small, greenish and arranged singly along an elongated, unbranched axis.
The noticeable fruit is a syncarp, which is a fruit consisting of many individual small fruits or drupes, such as a blackberry or pineapple. The fruit is globe-shaped or round, yellowish green and 4 to 5 inches in diameter. Its juice is a milky acid.
Bois d’arc was once planted largely for windbreaks or hedgerows. Squirrels feed on the fruit, and whitetail deer and goats browse the leaves.” Source: AgriLIFE Extension
Mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa):
“Mesquite is a small to medium height tree or shrub, thorny and single stemmed or branching near the ground. The leaves are deciduous and located alternately along the stems. The fruits are loosely clustered pods (beans) up to 8 or 10 inches long and may be abnormally abundant in drought years.
Generally found throughout Texas, mesquite is common on dry ranges and in washes and draws at low elevations in the Trans- Pecos region. It is found from California to Texas, Kansas and Mexico.” Source: AgriLIFE Extension
Greenbriar (Smilax bona-nox):
“Greenbriar is a tough, woody, high-climbing vine in the Lily family. It spreads aggressively from long, slender rhizomes, which are horizontal, usually underground stems that often send out roots and shoots from the nodes.
Along the stems are stout, flattened prickles. The numerous tendrils are used for climbing. The leaves have short petioles (stems) and are hairless and bright green on both sides, with rounded to heart-shaped bases.
The flowers are greenish to bronze, and the berries are green when young and blue-black at maturity, each with two or three seeds.
When greenbriar is young and succulent, its forage value is fair for goats and wildlife.” Source: AgriLIFE Extension
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