| Weed competition is a critical part of a young trees development during the first 5 years, and if not controlled it can make the difference between a successful crop and a failed crop. Whether you require hand weeding, motor manual weeding or larger scale site clearance of invasive species we can offer a one-stop shop.|
The main type of weeding used within forestry is manual weeding, which involves the clearing of persistent annual weeds from around the newly planted or growing trees. There are several schools of thought as to why weeding is important during the young trees first five years of growth which are nutrient competition and restriction of light or the smothering of the young trees as the annual weeds die at the end of the season and fall onto them.
By hand weeding around the trees both of these issues are minimised, this also aids in the spot spraying process as it enables the spray to be delivered around the stem of the young weeds to prevent or slow the weeds growth and gives the young trees the head start they need to break through above the tallest after which both nutrition competition and the danger of weed fall has passed. As the trees get older and if timed correctly (i.e. before the weed height reaches above the young trees), it is possible to use motor manual weeding techniques like Brush-Cutting, but care and correct guarding of brush-cutting tools needs to be used to avoid damaging the young trees.