This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
As the subject is of national importance, we lay before our readers the following particulars of what a single man has done in this matter of planting. David Landreth's first tree plantings in Virginia were in the Spring of 1872, when 5,000 European Larch, and 1,000 Abies Douglasii were set out. These were followed in autumn by 25,000 Cypress, Larch, and Yellow Locust. Since then there have been extensive annual plantings of the same varieties with additions of Black and White Walnuts, Pecans, Hickories, Chestnuts, Wild Cherries, White and Green Ash, Tulip-Poplars, Ailanthus, Catalpa, White Pine, Italian and American Sumac.
Last Spring the number of seedlings planted were as follows: 1,000 Catalpa Japonica, 40,-000 Catalpa speciosa, 150,000 Catalpa syringse-folia, 20,000 Ailanthus, 6,000 Abies Douglasii, 10,000 each of White Oak, Hickories and Tulips.
Experience has shown that some of the varieties are unsuited to the location; such have been destroyed and the land replanted with approved sorts. Those that have most radically failed, are the Larch, Cypress, and Locust. The two first by reason of uncongenial soil; the latter through insect depredations, in one instance a field of 100,000 trees, ten feet in height being stung to death in a single week. Many other losses have been met with, as by fire, cattle trespass, depredations by rabbits, and want of experience. This latter has now been gained and the work will go forward with fewer drawbacks. The lands upon which these plantings have been made, are the clearings and old corn fields of distinct and widely separated farms, though all in the same county. His successors intend to plant all their stump lands, to the aggregate of 5,000 acres, as rapidly as the natural forest is cut off.