fruit trees - Knowledgebase Question

Question by barbmurp
October 17, 2009
I would like to plant fruit trees on land in Lowndes County that was a pasture at one time. The soil is black clay. How should I prepare the soil? Should I till the entire area where trees will be planted or would mixing soil in each hole be enough? I purchase soil from a local feed and seed store(the same soil used by a local plant nursery. What about manure? Would that help the soil?

Answer from NGA
October 17, 2009


Any organic matter - compost, aged manure, peat moss, etc. - will help loosen clay soil. I would rototill the entire area after spreading 3-4 inches of organic matter over the top. Till it in at least 18" so the roots of your new trees get off to a good start. Once the roots establish they should be able to penetrate the native soil. Best wishes with your new trees!

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