Site preparation is carried out to create a favorable environment for the successful establishment and growth of seeds and seedlings. Practices may include chemical, mechanical and/or natural (burning) vegetation control, and site enhancements such as bedding, disking, windrowing, and a whole host of related activities.



Site Preparation Methods for Regenerating Southern Pines
Mark R. Dubois, Extension Forester, Assistant Professor, Forestry, Auburn University. Originally prepared by Frank A. Roth II, former Extension Forest Management Specialist.

Site Preparation Methods and Contracts
Rick Hamilton, Extension Forest Resources Specialist at North Carolina State University, explains different methods of preparing a site before planting and factors to consider when choosing the preparation technique that is right for your site.

Establishing Southern Pine Plantations - Site Preparation Options
David Dickens, Forest Productivity Associate Professor, The University of Georgia, Warnell School of Forestry and Nautral Resources;
Bryan McElvany, Treutlen County Extension Coordinator, The University of Georgia, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences;
and David Moorhead, Silviculture Professor, The University of Georgia, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Chemical versus Mechanical Site Preparation in Loblolly Pine Stand Management
Stand establishment is a very critical decision-making phase in the life of a pine plantation. Site preparation (chemical, mechanical, combinations with or without burning), species selection, seedling genetics, seedling size, weed control, fertilization, and spacing decisions made prior to, during, and soon after planting have long-term effects on stand survival, growth, wood yields, rotation age, and products grown.