Sam White wrote:Hey folks,
I'm looking for advice on preparing land for tree planting. My parents are in the process f planning the planting of just over 4000 trees on a 2.7 hectare pasture situated on the side of a valley. We were told that the conventional method of preparing land for a planting on this scale is to plough in order to get rid of the grass, bracken, etc. However, considering the steepness of the land and the large amount of rain we get in this region, I have concerns about the damage that may occur to the soil in the form of erosion and nutrient leaching if we were to plough.
Has anyone encountered this issue before or have any suggestions/advice? The soil is quite shallow and tends to be stony and terracing is likely to be out of the question in terms of financing. Would ploughing then planting a green manure crop be a viable solution?
James Flour wrote:Sam, I've planted a lot of trees with a planting hoe and shovel. Usually around here, in Oregon, the hills are too steep to do mechanical planters, and usually you can't get the equipment to go anyways because of the stumps and slash piles. We have shallow clayey soils in the hills.
If you don't have a lot of brush to choke out your seedings, for a couple of acres if you have a couple of days, lots of grit and a planting shovel you can put those in by hand. Planting by hand also reduces soil compaction from heavy equipment and ruts that turn into erosion, but the downside is that it is heavy work. Usually while it is raining.
We get a certain amount of loss of trees from shock, bad weather and mice so we tend to overplant or go back after a couple of years and do interplanting.
James Flour wrote:
Do you find that the brush competes for moisture or soil nutrients?