Stand Tending

Although treeplanting remains a primary activity, Brinkman crews also perform thousands of hectares of browse protection, brushing, spacing, surveying, slash pile burning, fire control, slash burning and precommercial thinning. Years after trees have been planted they often require maintenance to ensure optimal growth.

We provide the following services:

Brushing – involves using either manual or power saws to cut back competing vegetation around the planted trees.

Spacing – involves removing selected trees so that there is more room and less competition for the remaining ones.

Girdling – is a technique for competition control that involves using a manual or power tool to cut a ring around a tree’s bark.

Pruning – involves cutting select branches off trees to encourage height growth and minimize disease.

Herbicide Application – involves spraying or using another type of application of products designed to kill off competing species. Certification required.

Browse Protection – At the time of planting, various methods of protection might be applied to the tree to keep the deer and other rodents from eating the trees. Years later, these supplies need to be repaired or removed.

Surveying – This type of work performs various types of plots, primarily on existing plantations and provides information accordingly.

Burning - The burning of slash debris piles typically occurs in the fall. The crews are small and have a short window to operate when the weather conditions are favourable for burning.