i spent every weekend last august cutting/thinning the osage orange, locust, and hackberry trees to allow more sunlight for the desirable trees and shrubs growing on our property.
after pushing the fallen debris into funneling rows for bowhunting, i roto tilled (very shallow depth) and broadcast ladino clover.
the deer really hammered the clover the last half of july, but the hot weather (high 90's) has taken its toll on patches of clover that are not shaded. these "burned" patches should be excellent places to plant sawtooth oaks next spring.
most of the ladino clover is partially shaded and doing pretty well.
the plum thickets lining the dry creek are loaded w/ fruit.
before planting trees and shrubs, we wanted to manage what we have. imo, the amount of fruit in our food plot has doubled since last year by thinning surrounding trees.
the persimmon tree limbs are beginning to droop.