Treeplanting Tips

Treeplanting Expert: Running Your Own Crew

Running a crew can be exciting, challenging, and satisfying. However, it also means an incredible amount of hard work at some companies. The exact role of a foreman (also known as “crew boss”) can vary significantly. At some places, you’ll have a ton of help if you are a foreman. At others, you are very independent and working on your own. Let’s look at the variation in job responsibilities from company to company, and then we’ll look at some of the leadership roles that you need to assume when you are supervising a group of planters...

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Treeplanting Novice - How To Improve Your Personal Best

After your first year, you run into a small problem in the fall or winter. You start thinking back on your season, and your brain has this sneaky habit of filtering out many of the bad memories and retaining a higher percentage of good memories. This happens regardless of how much you have told yourself you hate tree planting and would never do it again...

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Treeplanting 101: How To Work Through The Schnarb

On any given block, you are going to find a mix of good and bad ground. Hopefully, your foreman will mix the two so everyone gets treated fairly. Many treeplanters will work harder when the ground is good, and relax when the ground gets tough. They do this because they prefer to save their energy for the good terrain. However, does this practice make sense?

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Treeplanting 101: How Much Money Can You Make While Tree Planting?

Tree planters usually work under a piece-rate based compensation system. The more trees you plant, the more money you make. However, the piece rates (the price per tree) can vary significantly from province to province and from contract to contract. Even on a single contract, there may be a lot of variance in tree prices from block to block. It’s even possible for there to be multiple prices on a single block...

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Treeplanting 101: Rookie Starter Guide

Where do you begin? Every rookie starts off in the pre-season by thinking that he or she will be the best new tree planter that their company has ever hired. They think that by the end of the week, they will be out-pacing other workers with several seasons under their belts.

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Treeplanting - Upcoming Articles

Treeplanters, starting on January 15th of 2015, keep checking this blog for regular information and content.  We’ll be posting advice, stories, and information for new and experienced planters on a very regular basis...

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