March at Santa Fir
Posted on 3rd March 2017 at 11:59
March at Santa Fir is a very busy month for the boys as they are looking for new land and preparing this and some of our current plantations ready for planting.
Some of our plantations were completely cleared last season in readiness for the planting of transplants next month. This means that the old roots, left behind after the cutting of the trees, need removing and the ground making nice and clear. For this we use a stump grinder which "chobbles" the roots and returns them to the ground. The next job is rotavating, this breaks down the ground even more. This is important for the planters as they will tell you tales of flying roots and stones and, I am sure, be very happy to show the scars!
As you can see above, these machines are very heavy so we are very dependant on dry weather for this. Unfortunately the forcast is not very favourable, perhaps if we all think positively we can create some sunshine! Wouldn't that be nice!
Next month the transplants arrive. Planting is a very exciting time and appeals to the more ordered members of the team as there is nothing more pleasing than row upon straight row of newly planted transplants.
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