Priority jobs in young forests over the summer
Published 05/08/2015 | 02:30
Here are those essential jobs to be carried out in young forests over the summer.
By now, grass and weeds should be controlled. Competition from grass and weeds is the biggest challenge for small trees and effective control is crucial. Lack of weed control in the early years is the most common cause of poor performance and plantation failure.
Chemical control using herbicides is the most common and cost effective method utilised. Chemical control is often used in combination with manual grass cleaning which can be particularly effective against overhanging vegetation after the growing season.
Don't forget that by year four, trees should be free growing and growing clear of vegetation competition.
Check for frost damage
Severe winter cold rarely damages trees in Irish forests. However, late spring and early summer frost can be harmful when the buds start to burst. Frost damaged buds will appear brown in colour and can die off. The best prevention is to plant frost resistant tree species.
Take broadleaf foliage samples