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close this bookSpecial Public Works Programmes - SPWP - Planting Trees - An Illustrated Technical Guide and Training Manual (ILO - UNDP, 1993, 190 p.)
close this folder6. Maintaining plantations
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View the document6.1 Weed control
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View the document6.4 Protection from insects, diseases and rodents
View the document6.5 Fertilizers
View the document6.6 Replacement planting

6.5 Fertilizers

On poor sites a dose of manure or chemical fertilizer may be valuable. It should be applied during a rather dry period towards the end of the rainy season, preferably hi combination with weeding in order to avoid run-off or absorption by weeds. The simplest method is to apply about one tablespoon of chemical fertilizer in two small patches on each side of the tree, 15-30 cm from the stem, and hoe it in.

Protection from insects, diseases and rodents

Choose resistant species

A variety of species reduces risk of damage

Protection from insects

Rodents avoid bare soil

Rodent protection with bamboo tube

Protection from rodents


On poor sites fertilizer may be used