Replanting – uprooting and chipping

June 15, 2017

To uproot an old oil palm tree the correct way to prepare the terrain for replanting. The soil conditions have to be just right. Too dry and the roots will be impossible to uproot cleanly and this will cause a lot of diseases 5 or 6 years down the life the new trees. Too wet and the excavator will slide and slip too much making conditions impossible to work in. The conditions are just right today.

Once the trees are uprooted the entire trunk needs to be chipped and splayed out in piles and rows for sunning. Sunning the chips breaks down the cellulose fibres and returns the valuable nutrients back into the soil. This will be key to a successful replant.

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