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How to Start a Tree farm

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:

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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.

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