You should not just plant a tree, walk away and hope......you need to mind your “P”s !
1. PLANNING :
As with every successful project the key is clarifying your objectives and then doing your research.
What's your planting scheme ? What are the objectives of the planting ? Are you eventually going to produce quality timber ?
What species (Provenance) ? What spacing ? What management regime ? Succession planning – will there be continuity of management over two or three generations ?
2. PREPARATION :
Does the soil need amelioration or improvement? Spray off grass/existing ground cover to avoid smothering the young trees and competition for nutrients and light.
3. PROTECTION :
How are you going to protect the young trees from pests and avoid damage from grey squirrels, deer, rabbits, voles and ongoing competition from weeds.
4. PRUNING :
Are you going to carry out “Formative Pruning” and how often ?
5. PICKING :
When are you going to pick your final crop trees ? You need to thin out the weaker trees of poor form and give your winners the best environment to realise full Potential.
6. PRUNING :
Are you going to “High Prune” your final crop trees and if so when and how frequently ?
7. PATIENCE :
You are growing the trees for the generations that will follow you. Recognise that it is a long term Pursuit.
8. PRODUCE :
Harvest the selected trees, Process, Plank in a sawmill, dry and then resaw and Plane ... enjoy the most beautiful, natural and renewable raw material available to mankind.
9. PLOUGH :
Plough back some of the Profits into re-planting for future generations. Try to ensure that what you do is sustainable over the long term.
This information was taken from our 2016 Woodland Heritage Journal, a PDF of this can be downloaded here.