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PLANTING IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP IN A NEW
PLANTATION'S LIFE.  PERIOD.
Planting must be done properly.  It is the single most important step to creating a pine plantation.  Do it right, and
the trees will grow straight and tall.  Do it wrong, and you can get crooked trees, spiral trees or even high
mortality.

The key to this is tight supervision of every step of the planting process.

Hopefully this page has inspired some questions.  Please call Tim and he will help answer them!
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Tree Planting
Tree Planting---
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Chesnut Forestry believes in "hands on"
supervision of planting.  Tim supervises the
storage, pickup and transport of the seedlings,
the handling of the seedlings at the planting
site, and the procedure the planters follow
while planting.  Tim is with the planters, on site,  
the ENTIRE TIME.  There is significant evidence
that shows that even the best planting crew,
when left unsupervised, can get a bit lazy.  It is  
human nature, after all.  

Far from being a slave driver, Tim instead relies
on friendship, example, and camaraderie to get
a good planting job.  Tim rewards his planters
with a small feast at the end of the planting
season, and tries to make their planting
experience different and unique from the
others they plant for.

So, if you want a VERY GOOD planting job, call
Chesnut Forestry at 706+936-0699!!!  
  • Plan the planting--GPS, Acreage, Site Prep,
    cost share,  Etc.
  • Order only HIGH QUALITY Seedlings!!!
  • Insure trees are kept cool (or in some cases
    warm) and are delivered frees to planting site
  • Supervise the planting
  • Provide planting and post-planting inspections
    and reports
  • Set up pine release spraying from herbaceous
    or woody competition
A common myth is that many believe we foresters plant only loblolly pines.  That's not
true.  On one planting job in addition to loblolly pine, , Chesnut Forestry supervised the
planting of  longleaf pine, crabapple, red cedar, chickasaw plum, chinquapin oak, white
oak, swamp chestnut oak and cherrybark oak.  Additionally, Chesnut Forestry has
planted nuttall oak, overcup oak, persimmon, walnut, yellow poplar, green ash,
xourthern red oak, willow oak, water oak, hickory, swam white oak, willow and dwarf
chinkapin...and chestnut!
Planning:
Nowadays, it is very important to get your seedlings ordered and reserved.  This is
especially true for longleaf and hardwoods, for they tend to "go fast".  There are normally
plenty of loblolly or shortleaf seedlings, but the QUALITY seedlings tend to get in short
supply around August.  Chesnut Forestry is very proud of the seedlings we use, and
there are many we will not use.  But if the landowner supplies his own seedlings, we will
plant them, and plant them correctly, regardless of their origin

We are very proud to say that we have never had a planting failure occur due to poor
seedling quality. In fact, Tim is often called to "fix" failed plantations from other planters.

Planning also includes having an eye to the future.  The way a tract is planted can help or
hinder future management such as thinning.
TREE QUALITY:  First Pic, on the left, "standard" loblolly seedlings.  on the right
"bareroot" longleaf.  

This was a job where the trees were provided by the landowner, so there is no
comparisions--but the loblolly roots are very stringy and fine and have no defined
taproot.  

The seedlings Chesnut Forestry orders have very well defined taproot which are very
hard to J or L root.  Stringy roots very easily hook on the side of the planting hole and
can become J-rooted, which won't necessarily kill the tree, but will stunt it and cause it
to grow in a spiral pattern, never being anything more than a pulpwood tree. J and L
rooted trees will have lower vigor too, which makes them more susceptible to any
pathogen, be it fungus, blight or beetle.

The bareroot longleaf look like carrots with large secondary roots shooting out.  These
are very hard to plant and Chesnut Forestry recommends planting ONLY
CONTAINERIZED longleaf (right)
 

There will be better comparision pics this planting season.  
Tree Quality:
"Green side up" is funny, but that is sometimes the only instruction some planting
crews are given.  

Proper planting is the MOST IMPORTANT stage of a plantation's life.  If the trees are not
planted properly, there is NO CHANCE of success.  

On the right, a one year old J-rooted tree (left), next to a more properly (albeit not
perfect) planted tree on the right.  This was a plantation that had to be replanted and
Chesnut Forestry was supervising in South Carolina.  The seedlings were of low quality,
with flimsy taproots or none at all and the tract had been bedded...which makes planting
much easier.  So why so many j-roots?  Bad trees and a lazy. poorlly supervised crew.  
Fact:  none of the tracts that Chesnut Forestry supervised the year before for the same
client, using the same crew and the same trees had to be replanted.

With a combination of superior trees and an exceptional crew, Chesnut Forestry raises
the bar for planting quality.  Yes, the trees cost more, and the planting may cost an
extra penny or two per tree...but if we plant trees that result in a half-inch of caliper or
10 feet in height over the life of the plantation, the return on that investment is well
over 100%!
Planting:
Hand Planting loblolly.  The foreman is right behind!
Hand Planting hardwoods--much slower, and more expensive.
Machine planting hardwoods--muddy, but works well!
Machine planting loblolly..in snow...COLD...but...
Hand Planting longleaf on scalped ground--foreman right
there!
Proper Storage!!!   Keeps 'em cool when its hot,
warm when its freezing outside!
..then you can take them directly to the site and
plant them while they are still cold!
This is a "Z" Root...caused when a forester sticks
his shovel in too close at to sharp an angle when he
is checking the planting quality and actually strikes
the seedling!
Proper Storage!!!   Keeps 'em cool when its hot,
warm when its freezing outside!
Hand Planting loblolly.  The foreman is right behind!
This tree (NOT  a Chesnut Forestry Client's
land nor a Chesnut Forestry supervised
planting) was "thrown" into the hole by a
planter, causing a J-root.  Those roots will
grow bigger, in effect strangling themselves
and creating a root mass that will impede
water/nutrient flow and be unstable in winds
(think a hip joint in the ground)
THE RESULT!!!

This is after only
SIX MONTHS of
growth!  Height has
grown up to 10
Inches and root
crown diameter up
to nearly 3/4 inch!,
and not a dead tree
to be seen!!!!  Want
similar results?  
CALL TIM!!!
BTW...These pics were taken in JULY!!!  Where are
all the weeds?