[NAFEX] Acidic Oak Leaves?

Lucky Pittman lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu
Fri Jun 15 10:37:20 EDT 2007


At 08:13 AM 6/15/2007, you wrote:

>I was wondering if anyone knew if the comments you always hear about 
>oak leaves acidifying the soil is true or if it's similar to pine 
>needles in that it depends on what kind of soil the tree is growing in.
>_______________________________________________
All leaves, including oak leaves, hickory leaves, cedar branches and 
pine needles, form small amounts of organic acids when they 
decompose. The amount of acid formed, however, is not enough to 
change the pH of the soil much.

Have a look here - 'Autumn Leaves: Myth & Reality'
http://mdc.mo.gov/conmag/1995/10/07.html 
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