Earthing up and basin preparation

Earthing up means piling soil around the base of a plant. It can be done by hand or by using a hoe or spade.

Earthing up stabilises stems of saplings, which are easily disturbed by winds.

Soil around the sapling is used for earthing up. In the process,  a basin, or circular hollow is created around the sapling. The basin is used for regular watering of the sapling; the basin entraps as much water as possible in the immediate root zone.

The basin is also used for mulching. It should always be free from weeds.  

Basin used for watering a sapling, protected by a moundBasin used for watering a sapling, protected by a mound

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