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Coppice how-to?

 
Matthew McCoul
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I have several poplars on my property that I'm cutting down.

If they grow back as coppices, all the better.

Is there a good how-to on this?

Do I really cut all the way down at the base, like 2in from the ground?

Should I seal the cut with something?

Regards,
matt
 
Peter Ellis
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Yes, cut low. No, no need to seal. When you come back in 5 years you can cut all the poles as low as possible again.
It is fundamentally simple
 
Sam White
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Aye, cut low and preferably at an angle so the stump sheds water. It's best to coppice when the tree is dormant; if the sap is rising I'd be reluctant to proceed for fear of killing the stool.

Edit: Here's a couple of links with more detailed info:

  • UK Foresty Commission
  • Woodlands.co.uk blog
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