Before planting trees on a commercial scale it
is often necessary to cultivate the ground. Here a scarifier breaks up the ground where a
previous crop has been harvested. It produces a ridge and furrow not dissimilar to
ploughed ground. The young trees will be planted on the side of the ridge. If they are
planted in the bottom of the furrow they may become waterlogged. Conversely if they are
planted on the ridge they are prone to desiccation. Click on the picture to see and hear
the scarifier in action.