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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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
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
Apples and Pears (Pome Fruit) in the Home Fruit Planting
Apples and Pears (Pome Fruit) in the Home Fruit Planting - Articles Articles
Apples and pears, botanically referred to as pomes, are excellent candidates for the home garden, as long as you are committed to the attention to detail and pest management they require. 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
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
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
Fertilization and Fertilizers in Home Fruit Plantings
Fertilization and Fertilizers in Home Fruit Plantings - Articles Articles
Although the total amount of nutrients in the soil is important, the balance among them can be even more critical. Too much of a nutrient can be just as bad as too little. More
To build a good orchard, you need a good foundation. The ideal site is on rolling or elevated land, so that cold air can drain during spring frosts. Remember that elevation may lead to wind or cold damage. Please consider location carefully.
Home Orchard - Site Selection - Articles Articles

Home Orchard - Site Selection

Robert Crassweller, Ph.D.

The success of an orchard is only as good as the planning and site preparation that go into it. More