Broadleaves are often protected against rabbits, hares and deer with tree shelters. The microclimate of the shelter also enhances early growth reducing the maintenance period. Each site is assessed to determine the most suitable shelter.
Conifers are planted at higher density so costs of individual protection usually prove prohibitive unless the site is small. Temporary deer netting has proven to be a cost effective method to protect against browsing.
For the first two/three years after planting control of competing ground vegetation is essential. Dormant seed banks take advantage of the sudden open canopy. We use a combination of mechanical cutting and selective herbicide application to control weed growth just enough to enable trees to establish. We also like to accept suitable naturally regenerated trees into the stand.
To find out how we can help you with your tree maintenance & protection get in touch via our enquiry form and one of our forest managers will get right back to you.