|Special Public Works Programmes - SPWP - Planting Trees - An Illustrated Technical Guide and Training Manual (ILO - UNDP, 1993, 190 p.)|
|4. Planting techniques|
For some species and on poor sites fertilizers may be needed. Manure can be used if only a few trees are being fertilized close to home. In plantations choose a well balanced complete chemical fertilizer containing nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. If a chemical fertilizer is used, mix one tablespoon of fertilizer with the soil at the bottom of the planting hole. Direct contact between the roots and the fertilizer should be avoided as it would "burn" the roots. If 2,500 seedlings per hectare are treated with 1-2 tablespoons (about 20 grams) of fertilizer, one bag (50 kg) will be needed per hectare.
Planting branch cuttings
1. Prune tap root and trim lateral roots
2. Place stump in prepared hole and fill up
3. Firm soil around stump. Allow 1-2 cm of shoot above ground.
Common mistakes during planting
Planting holes made too shallow.