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Re: [nafex] hole digging

You might consider borrowing a Christmas tree planter  .  Advantages are 1.
You don't have a clay pot as Ed described.  2.  You don't have to root prune
to get the tree in its allotted space which is a big plus during dry
summers. 3.  Planting goes a lot faster.4. You will not lose any trees from
sitting too long in a hole full of water which can happen even if you did
crumble in the sides.

Disadvantages are 1.  It is virtually inpossible to get   trees planted in a
perfect grid, if that is your thing.  2.  Mice sometimes get down into the
bottom of the slot and use it for a run.  Pressing the trees in with a
tractor  front wheel takes care of most of this problem.  3.  You'll have to
follow up and straighten the trees.  Tree planters seldom leave trees
exactly as you want them.

I have clay soil too and I have both a post hole digger and tree planters  I
wouldn't consider planting trees in a drilled hole. Tree planters are simple
to make if you have any kind of a shop.
-----Original Message-----
From: pinewoodel@hotmail.com <pinewoodel@hotmail.com>
To: nafex@egroups.com <nafex@egroups.com>
Date: Saturday, January 20, 2001 8:58 AM
Subject: [nafex] hole digging

>just did an archive search and found nothing relevant.... ive got 200
>holes to dig for trees this spring in our heavy clay. Was able to
>borrow once a Gravely garden tractor with a hole digging attachment.
>Its a rorary drill for planting , digs a hole about 16" wide and 16"
>deep.Its advantage is that it grinds up the clay.   If i had the
>physical stamina and was built like a gorilla i could consider hand
>digging but the clay would come out in spade size blocks, not so nice
>for roots. Graveleys are a heavy duty machine and not every one knows
>they make a hole digger.  However my only other option at present is to
>find a way to attach an old 9" post hole auger i bought to the loader
>of my farmall M tractor ( they don't have 3 pt. hitches).   Has anyone
>seen a post hole auger fited to a loader of a tractor?    I figure with
>this configuration  i could drill multiple holes and break up the
>clay.How do you all dig holes?     minnesota del