Where should I plant?
Once you have decided why you are planting seedlings, consider the site(s) in detail because it could affect the design and species of your project. Evaluate all possible limitations, including:
- topography and space
- water supply
- susceptibility to flooding;
- salinity, or the content of salts in the soil
- any previous chemical applications, including sterilants
- location of gas, power and telephone lines and poles
- restrictive legislation, including distance from municipal or provincial highways
- ease of access, especially by machines where necessary
- potential vandalism and pest problems
- climate characteristics of the area
Soil sampling can be beneficial, especially if you are unfamiliar with the site.
When you have determined both the limitations and potential advantages of the site, your project design and selection of species can begin.