A Guide to Cultural Vegetation Control

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Cultural vegetation control is the targeted establishment of desirable species to displace or discourage undesirable species. Cultural control can be achieved using woody and non-woody species. In a fundamental sense, re-establishment of forest cover is a long-term cultural control. For a more rapid control, native understory plant species are grown alongside planted trees and shrubs with two objectives: to establish early cover to delay and reduce growth of undesirable species and to improve the sites' chances of achieving return to forest cover. This document outlines different cultural control techniques, and their respective advantages and disadvantages.