Trenk, Fred B. (Fred Benjamin), 1900- / Forest planting handbook
Planting methods and equipment, pp. 7-13 PDF (1.8 MB)
Where furrows have been plowed, it is a simple matter to keep the crews in line. When furrowing is impossible, it is much more difficult to maintain straight lines and uniform spacing. One way to insure straight rows and even spacing is to set three or more poles or guide stakes in line toward the far end of the first row to be planited, yet Set the tree against the vertical face of the planting' hole to secure correct depth. Avoid bunching or doubling back of roots. within full view of the planting crew. One crew should be assigned to this row, and after beginning, the second crew should be started off six feet from the first row. A third crew may be strted' six Ieet from the second row, and so on. Such a system requires that the irst crew set the pace for all, that it keep in careful alignment with the stakes, and that each crew pay careful attention to the spacing between the row it is planting and the row next to it. Planting the Trees Each tree should be planted about one-half inch deeper than it grew in the nursery. The old soil line can be recognized readily by the paler colored bark on the stem of the tree. The hole or slit should be deep enough to care for the entire root system of the tree. The roots should be spread out in as near a normal position as possible, and par- ticular care is necessary to prevent the ends of the, roots from being curved upwards after placing in the hole. The soil must be thoroughly packed around the roots of every tree. No tree should be allowed to dry out while it is being carried on, the planting job. 12 I 'c - . - - I . . 1 f , .
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