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Environmental projects

Tree planting initiative by Citigardens

Citigardens has taken an initiative to plant trees as part of its vision for a Green Revolution through landscaping and environmental development. The Khaya (African mahogany) tree planting programme is promoted as a not for profit project and is carried out in collaboration with other private sector companies under their CSR budget and individual contributions. Other varieties of trees also may be provided on request.


Objectives of the Tree Planting Campaign:

  • Utilizing the unutilized and underutilized land for gainful purpose.
  • Utilizing public lands belonging to educational and religious institutions, and along highways (Road development projects) which are available for plantation and landscaping.
  • Encouraging private investors to develop land. Many land owners are employed in other professions in the country or abroad and tend to neglect their land. We provide services to develop the land even in the owner's absence.
  • Contributing to protect the environment. Human activities pollute the environment and leave a considerable carbon foot print. Planting trees will help balance global warming.
  • Taking part in the national program for reforestation and saving the environment is the right thing to do as a community. Therefore we support involving the community in tree planting.
  • Creating opportunities for a greater number of people to make merit by planting to benefit in this life and in the next life in accordance with their faith.

Why plant trees?

  • Trees are for life for human, animals and birds.
  • Trees are to protect and purify the environment and the air we breathe.
  • Trees are for income.
  • Trees are for making merit in this life and for next life as most people believe.

What and why the plants are selected?

  • Plants for Timber- Teak, Mahogany, Khaya, etc...
  • Low risk from attacks and theft, low maintenance, high value on maturity.
  • Citigardens has the knowledge and skills to plant, maintain and hand over.

Teak


  • Grown in poly bags for 6 – 10 months
  • Planted just before rainy season so irrigation system will not be necessary
  • Suitable for the dry zone

Mahogany


  • Grown in poly bags for 6 – 10 months
  • Planted just before rainy season so irrigation system will not be necessary
  • Suitable for the wet zone

Khaya Senagalensis or African mahogany


  • Grown in poly bags for 6 – 10 months
  • Planted just before rainy season so irrigation system will not be necessary
  • Suitable for the dry zone

What is the technique used to make it a 100% success?

  • Selecting the quality sapling in small bags and setting them in a nursery
  • Grow them for 2 months under sprinkler irrigation
  • Transfer to grow bags 14"x16" size with correct potting mixture
  • Grow them for 10 – 12 months under sprinkler irrigation until they reach a height of 4 – 5 feet to plant in the ground just before the rains start or during the rainy season.
  • Use dolomite to reduce the PH level and increase the calcium and loosen the soil
  • Maintain by weeding and fertilizing for one year.
  • Use a drip irrigation system to make a fast and healthy growth
  • Prune the plants to get the girth of the main trunk and replace to poor quality with a good quality plant
  • All the plants will be in rows and same age, so the harvesting can be done at the same time to reuse the land and a better practice

Net houses



Net house made of fiber glass rod and shade net (50%) to establish the nursery for young plants is available at Citigardens. This unit can be established in a day and the cost is within Rs.10, 000.00 How to make it a low cost project

  • Order the plants in bags or plant the seedlings in the bags by setting up a nursery. The cost will be Rs. 20 – 30 per plant
  • Replant them in grow bags. The cost will be Rs. 60 – 70 per plant
  • Grow them for one year under sprinkler irrigation. Cost of a part time employment for 1 hour per day
  • The cost of a one year old plant could be within Rs.350.00
  • Once the plants grow 3-4 feet in height, plant them in the ground in straight lines to make the irrigation possible.
  • Grow the plants in grow bags in the site itself if possible to avoid the transport cost later

How to Protect the Plants?

  • To protect the seedlings from deceases use the correct soil mixture and suitable environment
  • To protect the plants from hot sun use the 50% shade net in the nursery
  • To protect the plants from drying and to keep those moist all the time keeping under sprinkler irrigation morning and evening
  • Use the proper grow bags with a correct drainage system to prevent the plants from dying due to excess water
  • To protect plants from other animals make a fence net and keep the plants inside
  • To ensure better growth check the soil condition and use dolomite, urea, compost etc to improve the soil
  • To keep the plant straight while growing plant a support pole and tie the tree gently

Anticipated value at harvesting time….



  • For 1 acre (4,000 sq.,m) every 10m x 3 trees, approx. 360 trees
  • Fell 50% of the trees in 7-10 years. Value 50,000 x 180 trees = Rs. 9,000,000.00
  • Fell remaining trees in 20 years , value 100,000 x 180 trees = Rs.18,000,000.00. Total anticipated minimum income from 1 acre 27,000,000.00 (this value as per today's price. It can be more in 20 years. Timber price rate increase faster than the gold)

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