The subject of Planting may, with propriety, be divided into three parts: useful or forest-tree planting, ornamental or garden planting, and orchaid or fruit-tree planting. Each of these divisions of the subject, from its importance and interest, in a national point of view, as welt as to individuals, seems to demand a distinct treatise.
The first of these, forest-tree planting, is proposed for the subject of the following pages ; and the details of the theory and practice of the art discussed under the following heads :
I. Of some of the advantages resulting from judicious planting.
If. Of the structure of trees ; and of the natural agents which influence and govern the growth of the plant from the period of germination to its full maturity. Of the seeds of forest-trees ; and of the processes of vegetation.
III. Of the different modes of rearing forest-trees: — by sowing the seeds on the spot where they are to remain for timber ; of sowing the seeds on nursery beds, and afterwards transplanting the young plants to their timber sites ; by preserving and training proper shoots or suckers, produced by coppice roots or stools. Comparative advantages and disadvantages of these different modes. Of simple and of mixed plantations.
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