Anyone with stands of timber needs to manage their woodlot properly. Tending to a woodlot can increase timber growth and lead to healthier trees. Also, it can increase wildlife habitat, improve water quality, and create opportunities for outdoor recreation while increasing the land’s value.
As a woodlot owner, you must realize that your possession is not self-tending. Properly pruned and tended trees can live up to twice as long as those that are not tended to. If trees are well-managed, they tend to be more resistant to fire, disease, and wind, promoting new growth. Also, it is important to use the right machinerie terre a bois for harvesting to get the job done right.
Ensuring your Woodlot Produces High-Quality Firewood
The wood you harvest now does not measure your woodlot’s productivity. It is the amount of wood the land is continually producing that measures it. Ensuring your woodlot produces high-quality firewood continuously requires crop regeneration. This can be done by letting trees seed naturally, planting trees, or growing new trees from the stump of trees that were recently cut. The third method is the most effective as the root system of the trees is well developed and lives on after cutting the tree. This allows the new sprout to grow at a greater rate instead of a tree starting from seed.
You Don’t Need a Big Lot
As long as you carefully tend, harvest, and regenerate trees, you can create vigorous wood production in a small lot. A 5- to 10-acre stand of young trees consisting of species that grow fast and sprout after harvest can offer a continuous supply of wood sufficient for heating the majority of well-insulated homes.
Your woodlot does not have to be in the woods. In limited land, firewood can be grown along streams, woods, fences, stone walls, or edges of fields. Indeed, trees that grow in these lines grow faster than those in dense woods because they don’t have to compete with other vegetation for sunshine and water. Moreover, firewood can be grown on land that is rocky, steep, or otherwise not suitable for use as a field, lawn, or garden. Just don’t grow in swampy areas because harvesting and transporting wood from a muddy ground can be hard and dangerous. In fact, this can also promote erosion. To harvest the wood, you must use a chain saw or wood splitter. Also, you will need a cart, wagon, or pickup truck for carrying the wood from your lot to the woodpile.