Tree planting preparation (Sadhana Forest method)

Author avatarMathieu Yème | Last edit 9/12/2019 by Clementflipo

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Recycle material and use low-tech techniques to plant trees to:

• Improve irrigation efficiency, • Improve young tree survival rate in harsh environment, • Rehabilitate the Dry Evergreen Tropical Forest (in this case near Auroville, India). Rehabilitation of the forest offers many other benefits such as soil rejuvenation, life-friendly microclimate development, biodiversity enhancement, water retention and so much more.

"If we could only understand what a tree does for us, how beneficial it is to life on earth, we would (as many tribes have done) revere all trees as brothers and sisters." (B. Mollison)


  • Parts:
    • (1) Small-diameter pipe (see procedures for details),
    • (1) Rope (use biodegradable rope, e.g. coconut fiber rope),
    • (1) Plastic bottle (recycle);
  • Consumables:
    • Soil (e.g. topsoil from other grown trees),
    • Humanure compost,
    • Urine-activated charcoal,
    • Water,
    • Mulching material (corn stalks, rice hulls, hay, straw, dry leaves, Chopped Rameal Wood (CRW, a.k.a. “Bois Raméal Fragmenté” (BRF)) …),
    • Glue (for plastics, e.g. epoxy)


  • Tools:
    • (1) Knife,
    • (1) tube (probably 40 cm diameter);

Step 1 - Preliminary requirements

Step 2 - Analyze the topography of the terrain / identify slope

Step 3 - Define where you want to plant the tree

Step 4 - Build a mound

Step 5 - Dig a hole in the soil mix (humanure, urine-activated charcoal, topsoil) in the tube

Step 6 - If not done yet, build the bottle-irrigation system

Step 7 - Fill the plastic bottle with water to make sure that there are no leaks

Step 8 - Assemble the bottle-irrigation system with the sapling

Step 9 - Apply the “plant a tree” procedure to install the sapling and the bottle-irrigation system in the tube in the mound

Step 10 - Remove the tube

Step 11 - Frequently examine the moisture level