Tree Planting Tool Kit
Tree planting is the transplanting of tree seedlings for forestry, landscaping or land reclamation. It is also known as reforestation when the purpose is to replace trees that have been lost or damaged by insects, fire, or disease. Because trees make use of carbon dioxide to grow, it is a geoengineering technique to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Tree planting also helps in alleviating the problem of human-induced global deforestation. Below are a few tools you will need for tree planting.
Some trees are best suited for certain kinds of soil or certain areas. Pick seedlings that will grow well in the area where you will be planting. Buy the seedlings in bundles and plant them as soon as possible after you receive them. If they have to be stored for a while, keep the roots moistened and store them in the shade.
If the seedling to be planted is potted, water it first to make sure that the soil holding it is compact. Gently run a knife or a flat spade around the inside of the pot to release the soil and the seedling. Be sure not to damage the roots in the process. Gently invert the pot into your hand while making sure that the soil does not crumble away to expose the roots.
If the seedling is in a seedling bag, it may be necessary to cut or tear the bag to ensure that the soil remains compact and that the roots are not damaged or exposed.
Pick or Hoe
Use a pick or a hoe to dig holes for your seedling. These tools will be useful for making holes in dry, hard, and rocky soil. To use a pick or a hoe, follow the following steps. First, drive the blade into the soil. Secondly, lift the handle to widen the bottom part of the hole, and finally, pull on the handle to open the top part of the hole. After the seedling has been placed, use the back of the hoe’s blade to push soil into the hole.
Use a shovel to remove soil and rocks loosened by the hoe or pick. You can also use it to dig holes in firm or soft mud and in sand. Keep the soil a foot or two away from the hole, as this can be used for filling after the seedling has been placed. Also, use the shovel to move big rocks and other debris from the hole and the area surrounding it.
The trowel will prove handy for digging in soft earth, removing soil, rocks, and other debris, and placing compost in and around holes. It can also be used for taking seedlings out of pots or bags, filling holes, and patting down the soil.
After the seedling has been planted, drizzle it with water. Allow the water to pour from the top of the plant down to its base. Don’t flood it. Water will also be useful for ensuring that the soil is compact before you remove the seedling from the pot or bag and for easier digging in dry, hard soil.