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Site Preparation and Fertilizer Increase Pine Growth on Soils Compacted in Logging

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Tree-length logging with rubber-tired skidders compacted the soil on a poorly drained site in the South Carolina coastal plain. Soil compaction reduced loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) seedling growth but not survival. Bedding or a moderate amount of fertilizer improved four-year growth on compacted soil, and these treatments applied in combination produced the best seedling growth. A greater response to fertilizer was obtained on compacted soil than on uncompacted soil.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Soil Scientist, Institute for Mycorrhizal Research and Development, Southeastern Forest Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service, Forestry Sciences Laboratory, Athens, Georgia

Publication date: 1981-05-01

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