Importance Of Artificial Planting

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‘Artificial Planting’ – Relocation of Trees
Introduction to ‘Artificial planting’: The process & system
Artificial planting is the process of moving and planting a large (existing tree) tree from one site to another. It’s also known as ‘Tree spading’ or ‘transplanting’. The traditional method of transplanting was to use trained manual labour to help dig out the entire root system which was a lot of work. Artificial planting uses a crane to make a trench of around one to two metres at the base of the tree, followed by the pulling out of the tree. The root ball is then covered with wet husk or resin and is then transported to the new location. The soil from the new location is then used to cover up the trench in the first location and hence the tree is successfully retrenched and replanted at another location without any damage. The process of Artificial Planting takes a lot of specialised preparation and engineering methods. The psychological status of the tree has to be ascertained to be disease free and healthy, before the transplantation. The new location of the tree should also be checked to see to its disease-free requirement as well as the conditions of optimum sunlight and soil makeup.
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There isn’t a legal database which is maintained to map the success or failure or such drives. The authorities don’t have set guidelines for this process either. Most activists are disappointed by the role of the government in maintaining these transplanted trees. According to Indian naturalist Shardul Bajikar, "Tree transplantation if done following proper procedures, is a very sensitive process. There are many dos and don'ts that need to be considered while transplanting trees, and it is a skilled man's job. Apart from this, various precautions need to be taken post tree

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