Tree planting is both very simple and extremely difficult. It can bring periods of smooth tranquility and moments of sheer frustration. There is nothing very complicated with the act of putting a tree in the ground. But there is a lot to be said for the effort and skills needed to pound in 2 to 5+ thousand trees each day in all types of conditions.
Tree planting can be learned in a matter of minutes, but can take seasons to master. Variations in soil type, ground cover, seedlings, planting specifications, weather, temperature, topography, local vegetation and so on can have a significant bearing on the style and considerations needed to effectively plant the ground. Techniques evolve over time to suit the terrain and eventually all planters can and do reach a point where they can maintain a consistent pace throughout the day that’s both efficient and ergonomically healthy. A good planter will maximize the number of trees they plant while minimizing the effort exerted. A great planter, or highballer, will do this and put in large numbers each and every day.
While each technique may differ and have its own unique characteristics, all good planters follow a set of basic practices to help them reach incredible feats each and every day. This Guide is intended to share many of these practices to new planters in a format that covers the fundamental aspects of tree planting as it is known to seasoned vets, to Summit, and to the foresters for whom we plant.