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Perfect planting - every time

(1986) Perfect planting - every time. Elders Weekly, 10 April 1986. p. 6 [Publication] [Special Collections]

Summary

Site preparation for tree planting generally involves either ploughing or ripping and sometimes mounding. However, there are some sites where such techniques are inappropriate, for example, sites that are highly erodible. The CSIRO Division of Forest Research at Samford, Queensland has developed a tree planting auger that cultivates the soil without removing it from the hole and little polishing of the sides. It can be attached to a tractor mounted or hand operated unit and has been tested successfully on a number of soils (podzolic, gleys and lithosols) and more than 2,000 tree sites prepared. Under favourable conditions an experienced operator can dig 200 holes, 40 centimetres diameter and 50 centimetres deep, per hour with the auger. Comparisons have not been made between the results achieved using a tree planting auger and a post-hole digger but trees established by both techniques have been excavated and root systems observed.

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This article is part of the WISALTS (Whittington Interceptor Sustainable Agriculture Land Treatment Society Incorporated) Collection.

Item Type: Special Collections
Collection: WISALTS Collection
Copyright: ©1986 Elders Weekly
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/60076
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