Soil Management

Information on soil management of trees and shrubs, including nutritional requirements, soil testing, fertilization, soil fertility and pH. Tips on site selection and dealing with road salt injury.

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Soil Testing
Soil Testing - Articles Articles
Soil testing is a soil-management tool used to determine the fertility of soil as well as the optimum lime and fertilizer requirements for crops. More
Gardening From the Ground Up
Gardening From the Ground Up - Articles Articles
Soil health and best practices for urban gardens More
Salt damage on a Leyland cypress. Photo: Tom Ford
Techniques for Dealing with Road Salt Injury - Articles Articles
Sodium chloride remains the predominant deicing compound utilized by residential property owners, township supervisors, and landscape contractors in our region. More
Ericacea (Heath) Family and Their Culture
Ericacea (Heath) Family and Their Culture - Articles Articles

Ericacea (Heath) Family and Their Culture

Jim Sellmer, Ph.D., Rick Bates, Ph.D.

Generally, the ericaceous plants are woody and range in size from low ground covers to small trees over 20 feet tall. More
Choosing Plants Wisely
Choosing Plants Wisely - Articles Articles

Choosing Plants Wisely

Emelie Swackhamer, Larry Kuhns

To create and maintain a healthy landscape, choose plants that are suited to the conditions in your yard. More
Home Fruit Gardens: Table 1.1. Fertilizer Equivalents
Home Fruit Gardens: Table 1.1. Fertilizer Equivalents - Articles Articles
Use this table to determine the equivalent amounts of nitrogen, phosphate, and potash of each fertilizer material. More
Detail shot of the bark of Pinus bungeana ’Silver Ghost’ at Dawes Arboretum, Newark, OH. Photo: Sandy Feather, Penn State Extension horticulture educator
Lacebark Pine: Its Bark is Better Than its Bite - Articles Articles
Lacebark pine, Pinus bungeana, is native to eastern and central China. More
Impatiens, Downy Mildew - sporulation closeup, photo: Gary Moorman
Overview of Plant Diagnostics - Articles Articles
Getting to the bottom of a plant problem can be a challenge. More
How to Pasteurize Medium and Sterilize Containers and Tools
How to Pasteurize Medium and Sterilize Containers and Tools - Articles Articles

How to Pasteurize Medium and Sterilize Containers and Tools

Jim Sellmer, Ph.D., Kathy Kelley, Ph.D.

To increase the survival rate for seedlings during germination, containers and tools should be sterilized and pasteurized or sterile soilless mixes should be used as growing medium. More
Don't Guess... Soil Test
Don't Guess... Soil Test - Articles Articles
Proper soil fertility is the foundation for plant health. Different types of plants have specific nutritional requirements and soil pH and nutrient levels vary greatly from site to site. More
Ko Ko Maung, Bugwood.org
Soil Fertility and pH in Home Fruit Plantings - Articles Articles
Soil provides support for the plant and is also the storehouse for plant nutrients, water, and oxygen for root growth. More
Stone fruit trees produce vegetative buds and flower buds.
Planting and Growing Stone Fruit in Home Plantings - Articles Articles
Conduct a soil test, and lime and fertilize a 10-by-10-foot area where each tree will be planted. More
Blueberries in the Home Fruit Planting
Blueberries in the Home Fruit Planting - Articles Articles
Several blueberry species are indigenous to the United States. More
Nutritional Requirements of Stone Fruit in Home Fruit Plantings
Nutritional Requirements of Stone Fruit in Home Fruit Plantings - Articles Articles
Shortly after planting, apply 8 ounces of 10-10-10 per plant. More
Nutritional Requirements of Apples in Home Fruit Plantings
Nutritional Requirements of Apples in Home Fruit Plantings - Articles Articles
Generally, apple trees need fertilizing each year. More
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