How it works
Adds beauty to your farm.
Ground cover provides wildlife habitat, reduces soil erosion and improves water quality.
Are the trees you harvest going to be a marketable product?
Can the soil support the type of trees and product you want?
Protect from grazing.
Cut undesirable trees and shrubs that are competing with desired species for sunlight and moisture.
Thin hardwood stands to a 12-foot spacing before trees are 5 inches in diameter at a 4 to 5 foot height. *
Do not cut vines unless they are interfering with trees with a high commercial value. Vines provide valuable cover for wildlife.
Mow vegetative growth around new plantings until they are 3 to 4 feet high.
Periodically check for rodent, insect or disease damage.
* Criteria needs to be adjusted for local conditions.