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Posted: 03 February 2013 12:05 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Have been to Tommers a number of times. Great tradition and sad to see them go.

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Posted: 03 February 2013 12:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Absolutely. If you missed it, here is the story: http://www.southernpigskin.com/SEC/view/auburns-toomer-trees-to-be-removed1

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Posted: 03 February 2013 04:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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As an Alabama fan, I’m ashamed of this. This was taking sports too far. I just hope they can start a new tradition with whatever they replace them with (even though it will never be the same).

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Posted: 03 February 2013 07:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Killing old trees, t-bagging ROLL TIDE

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Posted: 03 February 2013 09:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Shame, now Auburn won’t have old oak trees to use for recruiting like Ole Pi$$ does to bring in these high profile recruits….......

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Posted: 04 February 2013 11:36 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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That’s sad that one disgraceful act can ruin such a tradition.

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Posted: 04 February 2013 12:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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any word on whats going to be going up? im some new oak is going to be planted…some one in the AU agri dep im sure is making seedlings out of the acorn droppings.

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Posted: 04 February 2013 01:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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It would be hard to transplant an oak of any size and there might be too much poison in the ground now.  They will probably build a monument of some sort.

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Posted: 04 February 2013 02:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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didnt think about residual poisons. But im sure someone at AU has some acorns from the original trees they are germinating. it would be 10 years before it was old enough to transplant any ways.

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Posted: 05 February 2013 12:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Well I’m sure some geotech or environmental engineers could clean the soil out with the right treatment but it would be expensive and take some time.  They clean out aquifers by pumping water in one place and out another to wash the soil or push contaminants out.  A similar process could work.  Or if the poison hasn’t spread too far they could just dig all the bad soil out and put fresh fertile soil in its place for a new tree.  But if they consider the tradition lost already it would make sense to go with a monument.  Possibly Cam’s dad and a suitcase full of money.

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Posted: 05 February 2013 09:53 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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a mass excavation like that would make it pretty inhospitable for oaks, Oaks require a mycorhiza which are nitrogen fixing fungi that get into their root systems to help them pull nitrogen out of the soil. thats why wild oaks only grow around dead oak trees.

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Posted: 05 February 2013 03:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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I thought bacteria was responsible for most of the nitrogen fixation? 

I’m sure they could supplement it with the proper soil if they tried.

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Posted: 05 February 2013 05:02 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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bacteria play a large role, esp in grasses…but in the case of hardwoods especially its all about the fungi. and oaks are a funny little plant. naturally they grow out of the decay of a dead oak. thats why you rarely see oak seedlings pop up even though theres thousands of acorns around.

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