My piece of land is approximately 2.5 acres (approximately 10,000 meters). That means, using 1 x 1 spacing, I will have 10,000 trees, but this will compromise primary growth. If I use 1.5m x 1.5m, I end up with about 4,500 trees. 2.5m x 2.5m leaves with approximately 1,600 trees. With ths last option, trees will have better spacing which allow them to grow fast (primary growth), but you have very few of them. Imagine having 1600 trees on a whole 2-acre piece of land! Obviously, you want to have as many trees as possible, but choosing the first option comes with its own trade off. The good news is that there is a way to go with option 1 without compromising your plant’s long-term primary growth. After your trees mature enough for use as medium-size round poles (see the figure below), you can do some thinning to reduce the population and increase spacing. Let’s say that for every 4 trees, you can 3 and remain with 1, which means you will have a spacing of 3m x 3m, which is okay.
Following this strategy has numerous benefits
- Maximize your land use: You can maximize the use of your land by avoiding giving your plants extremely large spacing during their early stages of development
- Quick money: Most commercial trees mature within 3-10 years. So, you have to wait for some time before you can reap from your hard work. With this strategy, you have the opportunity to make quick money by selling your round poles to builders and hardware operators. Note that round poles of this size are in high demand.