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Pine Bark as a Soil Amendment

Milled pine bark added to nursery soils increases total poros1ty, water retention, air space, percolation rate, cation exchange capacity, lowers soil bulk density, and suppresses plant pathogens. Advantages of milled pine bark as a soil amendment are: 1) a slow rate of decomposition, 2) reduced nitrogen tie-up in comparison to other wood fragments, 3) ready availability, 4) processibility into a uniform standard product, and, 5) suppression of certain soil -borne plant pathogens.

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Author(s): Franklin A. Pokorny

Publication: 1982 Southern Nursery Conferences

Event: Southern Nursery Conferences - Eastern Session
1982 - Savannah, GA

Section: Soils, Organic Matter, and Mycorrhizae

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