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Wall of concealment vegetation...
I need to walk about 200 yards to one of my tree-stands without being seen. I want to plant a wall of thick vegetation. What do you suggest??
Michigan company northwoods whitetail sells a plot screen that is a mix of millet milo and sorghum. Cheap easy to plant and mine grows 12-14 foot high and after a winter about 3 percent of it is still standing. Birds use the seed heads. Adds a organic matter component to after I chop it up and fill it in the ground in the spring. This product is A+++++
Egyptian wheat does well in early season but wind will knock it down especially after it gets wet. I wonder about snow load in Michigan. I learned the hard way tha5 I couldn’t use anything with grain on it because the hogs would knock it down and destroy it. Miscantheus gigantis (sp) might be your best bet long term.
Not sure about Michigan but I planted a spring mix in Oklahoma that had Egyptian wheat and pearl millet. The millet was easily 10' tall. As stated, may not hold up to much snow but it composts into the soil and adds nutrients once dead.
I live in east central WI, the seed company is from Michigan, and yes the blend stands up very well to snow
Hummmm Thanks for the info. I live in S/E Michigan & we do get some heavy snow. Maybe the mix is the way to go.
So I ordered and am getting ready to plant 5lbs of egyptian wheat to block the view of my neighbors ugly barn and so he can't look directly down on my property/yard. Sadly we don't get along...I know its an annual but figure it'll be a nice hopefully 10-12+ feet high screen for a while. My question is how to plant? I'm planning to disc up a long path maybe a foot wide or so down the length of the property but how many seeds should I place in the dirt? For instance should I just plant seeds one at a time for the entire length of the run and how much spacing between seeds or should I liberally lay them in there if that makes sense? I have probably more seed than I need. I'd like a tall screen and ideally maybe 2-3' wide. Any tips would be appreciated.
You are gonna have to plant a lot wider than that if you want a screen. When I planted it I went 15’ wide and that would be a minimum IMO, but you might get by with 10’ wide.
Matt…….I agree with drycreek’s assessment on width. I’d go 10’ minimum. As far as planting, I’d recommend just discing a 10’-15’ wide swath, then broadcast your seed, then very lightly discing the seed in, around an inch or so, deep. It sprouts pretty easily, if you have any moisture. Seeding rate for EW is approximately 25 lbs/acre, so for 5lbs, you could seed a 10’ wide x 870’ long stretch. There’s 43,560sq feet in an acre, so you can do the math for whatever size seeding you want to. It won’t hurt to seed EW a little bit on the heavy side, if you fertilize it. As a grass, It LOVES nitrogen. You could spread your fertilizer first, then disc the area after that, to incorporate it into the soil. then broadcast your seed. I’d recommend top dressing some more nitrogen 30-45 days later, as well, ideally right before a rain event. It’s a pretty fast growing grass, and usually outcompetes other grasses and broadleaf weeds.
Dont overseed or the growth will be stunted. You can add peas to the mix and the peas will climb the egyptian wheat providing deer food. My EW drops enough seed that I get volunteer plants every year.
Damn I may have to rethink this....I wasn't planning on a 10-15' swath. Ok thanks for the info gentlemen!
Northwoods Whitetails Screen from last year - you only need 10'-12' no discing required - I harrowed my in after terminating the vegetation.
My outstretched arm is 8' - so it grew 10'-11'
I planted E.Wheat last year. Good results. My strip was only about 12' wide. A couple things I learned - some of it from T-Roy who was my E.Wheat consultant in 2021 ;-)
As stated above, it's best not to go heavy on seed, stick to the required rate. Go heavy on fertilizer, I applied a pretty heavy application of 19-19-19 at planting. Don't plant too deep, I tilled, broadcast with a hand spreader, then ran my cultipacker over it.
I got a nice 12' wall of E-wheat. Worked perfect.