Replanting is the priority now to ensure your forest grows evenly
Autumn is the season to carry out essential checks in your plantation
Published 07/10/2015 | 02:30
Autumn is a good time of year to check if any trees need replacing next winter. Trees may have died off for a variety of reasons.
It is important to replace any failures next planting season, to ensure the forest develops evenly and to avoid unnecessary maintenance later on.
Replanting should take place between November and March depending on the tree species and site type.
To receive the Forest Service (DAFM) second instalment grant, at least 90pc of the trees should be in free growth.
The number of trees per hectare can be estimated using circular plots.
A handy little trick is to place a stake in the ground and tie an eight metre tape or string to the stake.
Tighten the tape and walk around in a circle, while counting all live trees within this circle. You can also tie this eight metre tape or string to a tree - the circle centred on this tree is the circular plot.
Count the number of trees within this eight metre radius circle, and multiply the result by 50 to estimate the stocking density on a per hectare basis.