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How to Make a Tree Seed Bed

Seed viability and site preparation are two of the basic elements of a successful nursery bed. The seed needs to be ripe to germinate. Seeds also have to go in the ground at the most favorable time for the species. Apple seeds, for instance, germinate only after they have been in cold temperatures for several months. In addition, you increase the chances you will grow a healthy row of trees by preparing the field properly.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Shovel
  • Hoe
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Well-rotted manure
  • Rake
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    • 1

      Demarcate a planting area in the sun that is no more than 3 feet wide. The narrow width lets you cultivate the bed without having to step in it. Select a location with a slight slant to facilitate drainage. If necessary, create an artificial slope when you loosen the soil surface with a shovel.

    • 2

      Till the soil to a depth of 18 inches. Cart away rocks, roots, weeds and other debris you come across.

    • 3

      Incorporate 3 to 4 inches of well-rotted manure into the tilled ground uniformly. Rake the bed to smooth it out for planting.