Daron Williams wrote:Are you familiar with coppicing? What about pollarding? Both of these ancient methods are amazing for managing the woodlands on your homestead. If you don't really know what these terms mean then this weeks blog post - What is Coppicing? (And Why It’s Amazing for Homesteaders) - is a great place to start.
This post is a fairly short post that focuses on getting you started by explaining what coppicing is and how it differs from pollarding. The post also dives into why coppicing is amazing for your homestead....
Diane Kistner wrote:Question: How many years should one wait after planting young trees to allow them to establish before attempting either of these methods?
Mark Brunnr wrote:Just have to keep the deer out or you'd come to discover all those fresh tasty shoots getting eaten to the ground and the trees all being killed as they run out of juice to keep making new shoots.
Josh Garbo wrote: Hinge-cutting smaller maples (about 4” wide) works great too. However, a lot of my maples were rotted out (though they looked normal on the outside), and died after the pollard.
Daron Williams wrote:Diane – Good to hear that the post was helpful! 😊 Each tree species will be different in terms of the number of years to wait. I would base it on how big you want your harvested material to be and at least wait until the tree has gotten to that size. But if you are wanting to do really short cycle (1-3 years between cuts) I would wait 5 years before doing the first cut to let the tree get fully established.
Mark Brunnr wrote:Diane, yes just keep cutting back new shoots before they develop, so the plant spends more nutrients sending up shoots than it receives from them and it will eventually run out of juice. If you can cover up the spot to prevent light from reaching new shoots that will help too.