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For anybody with a few acres at their disposal which they might have bought for various reasons, becoming a tree farmer should be considered option. With all the climate change that is happening, there are a few serious steps that are required to be taken by the humankind to preserve the planet to ensure comfortable habitation for future generations and even for us. Except for the long term benefits, tree farming might give opportunity for growing trees of high value which may be more profitable and not just environment friendly.
Most reforms contain only a single crop which is given a lot of attention in addition to saw and pulp logs. There are parts of the world where most tree farmers are interested in growing loblolly Pines while other parts might be looking to grow Douglas fir and somewhere else we might see varieties of deciduous trees as well as evergreen trees which may be grown for the Pulp and lumber.
As mentioned earlier, tree farming should be practice not just for eco-friendly reasons but also to make good profit out of these trees that are cultivated. Choice of trees should be given attention to and you should avoid growing trees which take years to be able to give benefits in terms of payment. A better alternative would be to try and grow trees which have a niche in the market and would let a farmer reap off the benefits faster than other trees.
There are few qualities one should look for in the trees they seek to grow as a farmer. The important things are:
Easy growth factor: This should be chosen by keeping in mind that the up-front costs Are not very high and also the cost of maintenance or harvesting is not very high. Locally available native trees thus become the species which should be adopted in a tree farm.
Fast growing factor: let’s take an example of the Douglas fir. This tree takes a long time to grow big enough for a farmer to harvest the timber while another tree, called the Christmas tree, is of the same species but is ready to harvest much faster. Giving an idea of the numbers, Douglas fir takes about 50 years to mature while the Christmas tree only takes about 7 to 8 years. Simple maths tells us, that a farmer would thus become 10 times more profitable per acre. Try taking a list of other trees which grow really fast and give off a continuous income from their parts.
Quality of product: the correct choice of trees would mean a higher amount of items which can be used like craft fibres, decorative wood, ornamental or live plants. These would mean that the small scale tree farmers can get good benefits but corporate tree farmers may not get substantial benefits from such practices.
Human beings and new born babies, every newly planted tree requires a certain amount of attention and care so that it grows up and flourishes. Within 3 years of a tree being planted, regular water and care are required for it to reach its full potential. In absentia of such care, a tree may not grow up to be what it could have and also perishes faster to threats like pests or rotting diseases. There are few steps to save time and also care properly for a newly planted tree and can be adopted by anybody.
3 step rule: watering, mulching and protecting a tree are extremely important and at least 25 gallons of water should be given off to the tree every week which would mean that it receives about 1.5 inches of naturally occurring rain. The hose pipe can be turned on low for half an hour at the base of the tree and a five-gallon bucket should be placed with holes in the bottom in the same position. This bucket should be refilled so that the tree this is water for 5 days a week and this way. Or 25-gallon slow releasing bag of water should be filled every week and used for the tree.
Mulching should be done seasonally and the soil must be kept moist which also controls weed growth. Leaf compost must be used and the 333 rule should be applied wherein 3 inches of mulch in a 3-foot ring should be spread over a space of 3 inches around the tree. Volcano mulching should be avoided as much as possible.
Devices and forces which hamper the growth of trees should be kept away. A trunk guard should be used at the base of the tree. This goes a long way in ensuring that the nutrient and water system is not cut. Rodents and other small animals which may end up hampering and damaging trees will also be prevented by using this method. Fencing against deer and other grazing animals should be installed.
Proper pruning should be done: clean and sharp tools must be used which are sanitized before every pruning session. The pruning should be done to the bud, main trunk or a lateral branch. Stubs should not be left and large limbs should be cut using the three cut method. Flush cuts should not be made while pruning the main stem. A cut around the raised branch collar is much more suitable as the caller contains bacteria which protect against pathogens.
Myths to be avoided:
Dressing of wound is advised sometime but that would lead to damage in the formation of woundwood. It might help sometimes to prevent entry of pathogens.
The final cut while removing a branch from a tree should be a flush cut.
Tree topic is anything but the best way of pruning a tree.
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