3.06 Recap and Glossary
- USAID advise farmers space trees at 8 feet apart (1680 per hectare) in order to achieve a planting density where each plant’s roots don’t cross over each other.
- Research suggests densities of up to 5000 plants per hectare may be preferable due to the increased ground cover.
- Individual plants yields less in high densities but the overall yield can be far higher at around 5000 trees per hectare because of mutual leaf shading, reduced soil temperature and evapotranspiration, and a reduction in the competition from weeds.
- Mulch creates a physical barrier that reduces the ability of wind and sunlight to evaporate water in the soil.