Once you have invested money in planting trees, regular maintenance is vital to ensure the best returns from that investment.
Thinning is an essential part of stand maintenance to generate the maximum income from your forest. By removing the less desirable trees early the higher value trees benefit from reduced competition for light water and nutrients. Our experienced staff can talk to you about options for your forest.
There is still a premium to be had for pruned logs and the only way to obtain this premium is to prune at the right time. We can advise on when this might be for your particular stand and provide an estimate of the impact on future value.
Ongoing nutrient management is essential to prevent poor health in trees. Foliar sampling and analysis allows deficiencies to be corrected before they cause a reduction in growth or damage the timber quality of the tree. We offer a full service, collecting samples, arranging for laboratory analysis and interpreting the results to make recommendations for remedial fertilising if necessary.
Once a nutrient deficiency has been identified AFM can arrange for aerial application of the right nutrients to restore your trees to full vigour. A modest investment in mid rotation can provide serious returns by the end of the rotation.