# Irish Independent - Farming : 2020-08-04

## FORESTRY : 12 : 12

### FORESTRY

12 Farming Independent Tuesday 4 August 2020 Farming Forestry Assessing spring frost damage YOUNG FOREST (use a circular plot) You will need:
Heavy-duty twine exactly 8m long; One sturdy stick at least 1m in length; Pen, paper and calculator. Steven Meyen ■ ■ ■ Method ■ Place a stick on a mound and tie the twine to it;
Keeping the twine taut, walk around in a circle (mark the ground where you started);
Count the number of damaged trees with burnt leaders and write down this number;
Multiply this number by 50. This will give you the number of damaged trees per hectare;
Repeat the above process a number of times to get a good representation of the damage. ■ ■ ■ ■ SENSITIVITY TO LATE SPRING FROSTS — Tree species OLDER FOREST HARDY (use a rectangular plot) You will need:
Measuring tape at least 20m in length;
Four sturdy sticks;
Pen, paper and calculator. ■ ■ ■ Method ■ Mark a rectangular plot that measures 10m by 20m;
Use the sticks to mark the four corners;
Count the number of damaged trees with burnt leaders (ignore damage to side branches); Multiply this number by 50, to get the number of damaged trees per hectare; Repeat the above process a number of times to get a good representation of the damage. ■ ■ ■ ■