|Beat ups is a term used within the industry for the counting and replacing of unsuccessful or dead young trees with new nursery stock as well as establishing future weed and animal controls that may have arisen during the last growing season.|
This operation is a critical part of the establishment process as not only does it indicate the heath and numbers of surviving trees from the previous planting season it also helps to establish any issues that the previous growing season have brought to bare.
Beat-up counts are normally done towards the end of the current growing season and before the final autumn leaf drop and expected losses range from 5-10% depending on weather and seasonal conditions during these crucial early years. These conditions can range from excessive water logging, drought or poorly planted stock and counts are normally done by counting live and dead trees in every 5th row and these results are used to calculate the survival and losses over the whole site. This method is especially used on larger planting sites, whereas on smaller sites all missing or dead trees are counted.