[nafex] Re: good stuff perhaps
victoria l. caron
vicaron at gis.net
Tue Jan 9 09:18:31 EST 2001
Something to remember when using 'uncomposted or fresh' bark or chippings,
is that if these products can rob the soil of nutrients during the
decomposition process. I'm not nixing the idea, only saying that using
this stuff may require other ammendments...........vic
jhecksel at voyager.net wrote:
> Hi all:
> To support what Lon wrote, Michael Dirr (an ornamental plant guy at U.
> Georgia) wrote in his book that U Georgia grows azaleas, rhododendrons
> (sp?) in red Georgia clay by planting half the root ball in the ground
> and then covering the top half the root ball with shredded tree bark.
> I assume that the mulch must be about 6" (150mm)in most cases. You
> might want to see if there are any sawmills in the neighborhood. You
> will need truck loads of bark if you plant many blueberries.
> > HOWEVER, I have been finding that the thing that makes the MOST
> > in most cases, is having a lot of organic matter in the soil. Not
> > necessarily peat or other acid stuff, just plenty of compost, etc.
> to feed
> > the soil microflora. That seems to help the blueberries adapt
> better than
> > anything else. The correct mycorrhizal fungi (and other flora) have
> > found to create acidity in the soil that is part of their activity
> > breaking down minerals and improving water holding capacity.
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