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Planting an almond orchard

Tractor creating berms
So we prepped the field, installed the irrigation system, now we are ready to plant our next almond orchard! Before the trees come we have to make berms or mounds for the trees to be planted on. Berms help to divert rain water and irrigation water away from the tree trunk to prevent root and trunk diseases. To make the berms a surveyor comes into the field and measures the row spacing with laser surveying equipment. He marks the center of the berm with a white bag for the tractor operator to know where to put the berms. 




We make our tree rows 24 feet apart so the trees have plenty of room to grow. The tractor goes through the orchard and makes the berms for the trees to be planted on top of. Once the berms are formed then we go through the orchard and lay the drip hose on the mounds for irrigation.  When the drip hose is connected to the irrigation system, then it's time to bring in the trees!


The surveyor comes back and measures the tree location for planting and marks the location with a plastic straw. Then a tractor pulls the trailer of trees through the orchard and the tree replaces the straws. A crew then goes through the orchard and plants each tree.


Each tree is planted 16 feet apart down the row in this orchard because we planted hard shell variety trees which will be smaller trees. Normally, we plant 18 feet apart for soft shells varieties that tend to be larger trees.  Now we have an almond orchard and in 3-4 years we will have a crop! 
 
Until Next Time,
Almond Girl


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  1. Hi. Thanks for the info. How many people are required for planting? For example what is the rate at which trees are bring planted? I am due to plant later this year and was wondering how many bodies to have on the field.

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