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To the Editor of the North Wales Gazelle. SIR. I have the pleasure, in addition to some former papers which I have transmitted to you. on .Planting, to offer to your notice some extracts which I have made from a late valuable publi- cation, and which has merited high encomiums fro:,i ail the Reviewers. SYLVA. PONTEY'S PROFITABLE PLANTER. Among the different objects of improve m tnenis, which present tiiellis,-I,,es to.ille atten- tion of persons of landed property, that. of Planting will always hold a distinguished rank — probably, if it were inquired on which ol 111"111 a person, so situated, could expend n part of his disposable income to the greatest advantage, Ihe decision, in at least eight cases i" ten, would he in favour of Planting. In deed, the matter comes recommended by so many consideralions, that it is somewhat diffi- cult to conceive how any one, in affluent cir- cumstances, can excuse himself in the neglect of it—Whoever plants to a considerable ex- tent, becomes a benefactor to his own poste- rity and the public, and therefore while his ",ork remains, the man will not be forgotten. From the best observations I have been ena- bled to make, there seems no doubt but the expence which would have planted five acres, sixty years ago, w,)uld now plant twenty, if properly managed. There are numerous situ- ations, on almost every estate, which- in them selves produce but little, and mock the darings oi the cautious cultivator, which only require to be planted with judgement, to be abund- 1!1 antly productive of limber." As your paper has furnished your readers wilh ample directions for the raising and plant- ing Trees, I shall now proceed to Mr. Pont fy's further observations on the beneficial advantages of planting Firs. Since the time that the foreign Fir timber first introduced into this country, its use- fulness and consequent reputation have been constantly iiici-cisillq, and we import annu- ally, immense quantities, at an enormous ex- pence the greater part, if not the whole, THay be avoided, by extending and improving their culture. That we have few English-grown furs of «u(lifient scantlings for the larger purposes of building, will readily he admitld- hul whence proceeds the deficiency ? Prfjudtce savg, I we cannot grow them good,' and igiiorauce and indolence have hitherto very generally assented to li,e assertion—it is true, with respect to the Scotch, silver fir, and Weymouth pine, the young quirk grown wood is somewhat soft and spungy, but this prevails in the other parts of vegetable and animal creation, with. out at all impeaching the strength or value of the matured subjects of fisher. Certainly, in regard to I lie Firs.every observation has shewn that the Timber improves with age, probably b the same proportion as the growth decreases after a certain period. Experience has war- ranted au opinion that the ilai-ch, is equal to the foreign, for all the useful purposes to which that article is usually applied, and sti. perior to it for many others. First, it may be grown abundantly clearer of knots, pro vided some little attention he paid to pruning and dressing it-ecotidly, it is much tougher, a circumstance which, connected with its du rability, will fit it for numerous purposes, in boards of the least possible thickness. Three sights of a Larch must, in almost any case, be superior to half an iiich of Foreign Deal- Thirdly, when once seasoned, it is ess to shrink, and it admits of a very considerable degree of heat, without endangering itscrack illg.-Fourlhly, it is much superior in colour, a» the application of raw linseed oil, only, turns it to a beautiful nut-brown. It likewise admits of being stained to resemble mahoga- ny and takes a polish equal to Box, Holly, or-eveu Satin-wood. Fifthly—It is very proper for posts to put iii the ground, ising trees of a proper size, and the part intended to stand in the earth should have the whole of the bark leftupolI it, and it is clearly superior in the import ant point of durability when exposed to the weather."

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