There are two distance requirements for calculating spacing between trees: distance between tree rows and distance between the trees themselves. The distance between rows is typically greater than the distance between trees to permit access for tree planting, maintenance and harvesting equipment. Evergreens are typically spaced closer together than deciduous trees due to the large spreading leaf canopies of hardwoods.
To use the tree spacing calculator, enter the estimated distance between rows and then enter the estimated distance between each tree before pressing the compute button. This will give you the total number of trees per acre.
Hardwood trees are always spaced father apart than softwood trees; sometimes as much as double the distance depending on the species of tree. For example, 2 black walnut hardwood trees should be planted at least 30 feet apart if they are to be grown to maturity for timber and 2 loblolly pine softwood trees should be planted 12 feet part when they are grown for pole wood.
Row plantations double space softwoods 6 feet apart with an initial planting with the intent of thinning every second tree for pole wood. Hardwoods are not typically thinned and as such are spaced between 15 and 25 feet apart depending on species.
Tree rows permit access for mechanical harvesters and collection and transport trucks. Row spacing averages between 20 and 30 feet depending on tree species. Softwood plantations require less space than hardwood plantations because hardwoods need room to fall wide top branched trees such as oaks and maples. It is suggested that tree species grow in alternating rows; maple trees down one row and oak trees down adjacent rows, for example. This will diversify ROI and improve the overall health of the forest. Growing coniferous and deciduous trees in alternating rows further diversifies returns and forest health. Although the number of trees per acre in a rowed plantation is greater than the number of trees per acre grown by a spiral plantation, tree growth rates are measurably less when compared to the spiral.
Although fewer trees are planted per acre, the geometric pattern of a Crop Circle tree plantation increases tree growth by as much as 20%. Harvest and return on investment occur much sooner than is possible with a row plantation, which more than makes up for growing less trees per acre.
Spacing between trees is similar to that of a rowed plantation, however spacing between rows is set at 25 feet for both softwoods and hardwoods. Intermingling tree species along the spiral achieves both investment diversification and plantation heath. Planting a white pine, then a sugar maple and then a red oak and repeating in sequence is an example of this. Timber is hand harvested and trucked out of the plantation, which retains veneer sawlog quality and supports secondary revenue activities such as branch trimming pellet production and periodic pole log harvesting.
We have partnered with growingtogive.org, a Washington State nonprofit to create a land and tree partnership program that repurposes agricultural land into appreciating tree assets.
The program utilizes privately owned land to plant trees that would benefit both the landowner and the environment.
If you have 100 acres or more of flat, fallow farmland and would like to plant trees, then we would like to talk to you. There are no costs to enter the program. You own the land; you own the trees we plant for free and there are no restrictions; you can sell or transfer the land with the trees anytime.
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