lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu
Mon Dec 4 09:55:27 EST 2006
I've never used one personally, but a contractor friend augered
planting holes for about 50 small seedlings of native tree species
I'd grown out for a 'nature trail' planting at my kids' elementary
school several years back. He had a 12" auger mounted on a skid-steer loader.
Depending upon your soil type and moisture level, you may need to do
some post-augering re-dressing of the walls of your holes. In wet
clay soils, an auger may cause 'glazing' of the walls - you'd need to
'rough-up' those smooth walls to diminish the likelihood of roots
meeting a smooth, compacted layer of clay at that wall surface and
failing to migrate out into adjacent soil.
At 08:45 AM 12/4/2006, you wrote:
>I have been considering the use of a gas-powered auger for digging holes in
>a clay-based soil to plant various types of fruit trees currently growing in
>2 and 3 gallon (about 10 inch diameter) containers and was wondering if
>someone here has experience with this device and might comment on such
>things as its efficiency vs other means, ease of use, auger diameter to
>choose for this job and any potential problems to bear in mind.
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