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Response to Control of Competing Vegetation in Site-Prepared Slash Pine Plantations

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In 9- to 15-year old site-prepared slash pine (Pinus elliottii Engelm.) plantations in the coastal flatwoods of Georgia and North Florida there was a significant growth response to complete elimination of competing understory vegetation over a four-year period. Average diameter growth increased 16 percent (0.06 in.) and 21 percent (0.15 in.) after two and four growing seasons, respectively. Volume growth increased by 7 percent (24 cu. ft./ac.) and 15 percent (100 cu. ft./ac.) after two and four years, respectively. If the current trend is sustained, the growth response will probably continue to increase over time as it has over the past four years. The response is most significant on soils which fall within the somewhat poorly to well-drained categories.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Instructor, University of Georgia School of Forest Resources, Athens

Publication date: 1983-02-01

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