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Site Preparation Selection

Stock type selection alone,

without site preparation, may not be capable

of alleviating a site limiting factor.

For some limiting factors, site preparation and/or microsite selection in combination with a specific stock type will be more effective than stock type selection alone. The type of site preparation and associated stock type may influence how you manage your project in a number of ways:

  • Predetermining planting density and distribution.
  • Customizing microsites.
  • Altering plantability.
  • Reducing planting administration costs.
  • Decreasing basic silviculture costs.

Correct site preparation can

significantly reduce planting costs.

The benefits of the site preparation method and stock type options available for alleviating a specific site limiting factor must be examined from a cost-benefit point of view. A balance must be maintained that best suits the site conditions while being cost effective. For example, all or part of the MSP costs may be recovered by decreased planting costs.

The following is a list of the common site limitations that site preparation can help to alleviate:

  • Frost and winter desiccation.
  • Cold soil temperatures.
  • Soil moisture.
  • Flooding.
  • Vegetation competition.
  • Animal damage.
  • Compacted soil and low aeration porosity.

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Seedling Characteristics

Site Limiting Factors

Site Preparation Selection

Field Operational Considerations

Delivery Dates

Nursery Production Time


Nursery Treatments

What Have Other People Used?

Stock Type Development

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