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Site Preparation and Fertilization of Slash Pine on a Wet Savanna Soil

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Pine production on wet savanna soils is very low without site preparation and phosphorus fertilization. After eight years, flat disking has increased tree heights only 1.0 feet over tree heights on burned-only plots. Bedding improved heights by 4.1 feet over burned-only treatment during this period. Because of improved growth and better survival, per-acre volume on bedded plots was almost double that of burned-only plots. Applications of 20 and 80 pounds of phosphorus increased heights by an average of 83 and 89 percent. The effects of bedding and fertilization are largely additive. Total understory vegetation biomass was not increased by treatments, but the proportion of desirable forage species greatly improved.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor of Forest Soils, University of Florida, Gainesville

Publication date: August 1, 1979

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Southern Journal of Applied Forestry covers an area from Virginia and Kentucky south to as far west as Oklahoma and east Texas.
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