Specific Forest Practices Regulations and Standards for forest fertilization are listed with relevant guidelines enclosed in text boxes throughout the guidebook. Guidelines cover the selection of suitable stands, fertilization methods, and monitoring procedures required to implement a forest fertilization operation.
For further information on the subjects addressed in this guide please refer to the references listed in Appendix 5 or contact the B.C. Ministry of Forests.
The response of a forest stand to fertilization is best considered as a reduction in rotation length. Fertilization accelerates the rate of stand development. A fertilized crop will therefore generally not differ significantly from a non-fertilized crop grown over a longer rotation.
Although fertilizers are normally applied to accelerate stand development, an alternative objective is the rehabilitation of disturbed sites. Secondary roads and landings may experience excessive soil disturbance. Rehabilitation of these areas may require the application of fertilizer to promote a cover crop and reduce erosion. Procedures for rehabilitating sites can be found in Soil Disturbance Rehabilitation Guidebook.
Fertilizer can also be applied at the time of planting. This is done on sites where:
Fertilization at planting is normally done with a slow release fertilizer in or near the planting hole. Fertilization to meet free growing requirements is discussed briefly in the Establishment to Free Growing Guidebook.
The methods and procedures discussed in this guidebook describe broadcast fertilizer applications used to increase tree growth.