Tree planting is rigorous and physically demanding outdoor work that takes place in all types of weather. You must be adequately prepared if you are to have a safe and productive planting season.
Some equipment and items you may be required to supply include:
Check on the accommodations provided so you know the right equipment to bring.
Physical conditioning is essential in preparing yourself for the physical demands of tree planting. Workers who are fit can plant more trees with fewer injuries, and are better able to plant for the entire season. Your physical condition at the beginning of the season will directly affect your productivity.
To ensure you are in the physical condition needed for a safe and productive season, an exercise program such as the following is recommended prior to start of the tree planting season:
Exercises should include:
Your conditioning program should include the following:
You will be required to provide the following protective equipment and clothing in good condition:
The employer must provide:
The basic planting tools are the shovel and planting bag. Most employers do not provide these items and you will be expected to show up for work properly equipped. Below are some examples of the types of tools that you may need:
There are three common spade types:
A. The Tree Planter spade is the most popular shovel available for planting plugs, 1-, 2-, and 3-year-old bareroot seedlings with roots up to 25 cm long. The minimum blade length is 27 cm.
B. The Speed spade is strictly used to plant plug stock seedlings. The minimum blade length is 24 cm.
C. The Spear is used to plant seedlings in rocky ground enabling planters to locate more plantable spots per hectare. The minimum blade length is 21 cm. :
Remember, light tools are more desirable than heavy tools.