According to the Forestry Act, you must plant a new forest not later than the third year after the felling year. Skipping soil preparation and planting almost always means lost time and expensive extra measures.
The work with regeneration begins when you decide to harvest. By planning for the regeneration before the old forest is felled, you can customize logging, change the species of trees or save seedlings.
Reforesting as soon as possible after harvesting is also important in avoiding competition from other trees, shrubs and plants. This involves in planting a sufficiently large number of plants and protecting them against insect pests such as pine weevils, which might otherwise cause a great deal of spoilage among the seedlings. The best defence is good soil preparation, preferably in combination with some other protection, chemical or mechanical.
The appropriate number of plants on normal forest land is between 2,000-2,500 per hectare, depending on soil fertility. There may be short-cuts, some land is suitable for natural regeneration, but be aware that it is almost always necessary to carry out soil preparation in order to succeed. If you have thoughts about your new forest, please contact one of our timber purchasers. We will gladly help you with both advice and planting.