After a stand is established, it sometimes requires tending to ensure that the crop of trees (the trees that were planted following harvest) have access to the resources required for proper growth and development. When trees have to compete with other vegetation for space, light, and nutrients there will inevitably be some mortality within the stand. Millson Forestry Service is experienced in both mechanical and chemical (ground) tending techniques. These types of stand tending allow for increased control over what is retained and what is removed from the stand. This is increasingly important on sensitive sites.

Pre-commercial Thinning

Pre-commercial thinning is a type of stand tending that is often performed in areas dense with crop trees. In these areas, excess crop trees are removed to ensure that the remaining trees have sufficient resources to fully develop into merchantable timber.

Manual Tending

Manual tending is similar to thinning but involves releasing crop trees from competition, such as poplar and birch. Manual tending can be utilized in areas where crop tree survival has been less than desired and removing all the competition would be undesirable. By manual tending you can release the crop trees without killing the competition unnecessarily.

Road Side Brushing

Road side brushing is completed on roads where vegetation growth is impeding traffic flow or visibility. All brush is removed for a set distance from the road edge. Millson Forestry Service is experienced in completing projects of this nature and we are fully equipped with the equipment required.

Chemical Tending

Millson Forest Service also completes stand tending using backpack sprayers. For this method, licensed applicators apply a herbicide to the competing trees in order to release the crop trees. The type of herbicide used dictates the type of application and the period of tending.