Sustaining A Healthy Forest Buffer



Prior to planting, site planning and preparation is necessary. After planting, good maintenance means greater tree survival.  Grazing by deer and livestock can be a common problem for newly-planted trees as is competition by undesirable plants.  A combination of mowing, herbicide and tree tubes are often essential to establish hardwood plantings in the mid-Atlantic region.  Three to five years of follow-up care may be necessary.