2005
2005
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2017

Zero pesticide and zero maintenance establishment

Mulch it, Plant it and Leave It!

No forester needs to be enlightened about the attraction of a woodland that can be planted, then simply abandoned in the knowledge that no beating up or maintenance will be required. They all know how often the perfect spraying day comes round!

SHEET MULCHER

The Sheet Mulcher has been about since May 2001. It is a tractor drawn device that lays one-metre wide degradeable matting, with a layer of mulch on top simultaneously in a continuous strip. This is a preplanting,long term treatment and thus can be administered at almost any time of year and well in advance of the planting itself. In this way, the best can be made of ground conditions and where it is applied directly on top of grass, the sward will have ‘died off’ completely before planting.

The combined function of the mat and mulch is to:

  • Eliminate competition from weeds.
  • Retain moisture.
  • Control soil temperature.
  • Release nutrients.

Woods were first planted using the thermodegradeable matting in 2005 and results, measured in both strike rate and growth rate, have surpassed all expectations.

The aim of finding an alternative, competitive system to mainstream practice has been achieved.

Planting is very elementary and thus cheap.
The contractor simply walks down the treated strip planting through it as he/she goes. No lining out and no screefing required.

Planters achieve 1,000 trees per working man day as a matter of course. Removing the need for summer maintenance is of great benefit to important ground nesting bird species such as the woodlark, nightjar and grey partridge as they are not disturbed. The partridges and other game birds have proven fond of dusting in the mulch. Enhanced Growth Rate is achieved through the use of this system. I quote the local Forestry Commission operations manager,
“This is the first time that I have inspected a new plantation, in year one, and felt as though I’m walking through a wood”.
The attractiveness of enhanced growth rate has been amplified of late by three important factors:
1. The explosion of the firewood market.
2. The explosion of the deer population.
3. The need for Carbon Sequestration.

COST

The cost of the ‘one off’ treatment, supplied and laid, varies from 60p to £1.00 per m2 or linear metre depending on the size of the site.

Sheet Mulcher is a stand alone service for all those who design and plant their own or other peoples woods.

Planters achieve 1,000 trees per working man day as a matter of course. Removing the need for summer maintenance is of great benefit to important ground nesting bird species such as the woodlark, nightjar and grey partridge as they are not disturbed. The partridges and other game birds have proven fond of dusting in the mulch. Enhanced Growth Rate is achieved through the use of this system. I quote the local Forestry Commission operations manager,
“This is the first time that I have inspected a new plantation, in year one, and felt as though I’m walking through a wood”.
The attractiveness of enhanced growth rate has been amplified of late by three important factors:
1. The explosion of the firewood market.
2. The explosion of the deer population.
3. The need for Carbon Sequestration.