When it comes to enhancing productivity and tree health in an organic orchard is more than taking a soil sample and trying to add what the trees need. While a soil sample is a decent place to begin, understanding the subtleties of the life of an orchard is different than growing annual vegetable crops.
Here are the 6 different ways to give poor orchard land the nutritional boost it needs.
Using wood chips that are big and chunky to provide a physical covering of the soil is one of the ways. On the other hand, you can apply ramial wood chips, produced using the tips and smaller pieces of the tree and bush branches, which contain a larger amount of nutrients that the heartwood. By providing the orchard soil’s microbes the nutrients they need to thrive, they, in turn make the nutrients available to the trees.
Use composted straw suppress grass and provides nutrients to soil microbes around the base of young trees. However, adding 1 to 2 inches of compost at any phase in a tree’s life adds organic matter, which is the key to healthy soil.
Cover cropping in the orchard is worth the effort and has appeared to increase fruit production. Have you heard of the Perennial legumes? It is one of the most promising cover crops because they increase nitrogen availability in the soil.
Fish emulsion is an organic garden compost that is made from whole fish or parts of fish. It gives a NPK ratio of 4-1-1 and is frequently used as foliar feed to provide a fast nitrogen boost. You have to spray fish emulsion on the foliage twice a season and only during fruit production, when trees are exhausting the most.
If you want to give your newly planted trees a phosphorus boost use bone meal. Add 31/2 pounds around the tree or in the hole at planting time without the worry of burning the roots.
Plant with comfrey if you want to guarantee that your orchard get the calcium they need without the hazard. It will pull calcium form the soil and make it available to the tree. Plant the comfrey along the drip line, and as it achieves maturity in early to mid-summer, cut the plants and leave the cuttings in place. They release the calcium back into the ground where the tree can use it.
There are so many organic fertilizer on this day because of all the new plants and trees that are rising. That is just the 6 very useful example that you can utilize.