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        Abstract - Issue Jul 2010, 31 (4)                                                                                                             Back

Abstract _21

Effects of spacing and post-planting treatments on survival and

growth of Fraxinus angustifolia seedlings


Emrah Cicek1, Faruk Yilmaz1, Fahrettin Tilki*2 and Nurten Cicek1

1Faculty of Forestry, Duzce University, Duzce - 81620, Turkey

2Faculty of Forestry, Artvin Coruh University, Artvin - 08000, Turkey

(Received: January 24, 2009; Revised received: May 21, 2009; Accepted: June 26, 2009)


Abstract: This study was conducted at a bottomland hardwood site with heavy textured soil in Akyazi, Turkey to determine the effect of initial spacing (3.0 x 3.0, 3.0 x 2.0, 2.5 x 1.6 and 2.5 x 1.2 m) and post-planting treatments (untreated check, moving, hoeing, disking, and hoeing plus disking) on early survival and growth of Fraxinus angustifolia Vahl. One-year old bare-root seedlings (705 cm in height) were hand-planted in December 2004. Through three years survival was perfect with a rate of 98% in all treatments. Spacing and the interaction between spacing and post-planting treatment did not significantly affect seedling growth through three years. However, height and diameter growth increased over time and differed significantly among post-planting treatments. The hoeing and hoeing plus disking treatments gave the highest growth, and resulted in about 31% increase in diameter and height increment, and in total diameter and height about 20%. These results suggest that post-planting treatments on bottomland sites with heavy textured soil give promising results.

Key words: Ash, Field performance, Spacing, Vegetation control

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