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Proceedings of Past Forest Nursery Association Meetings:

Nursery Soil Management-Organic Amendments
C. B. Davey
1996: Gatlinburg, TN
In von Carlowitz' book of 1713 on economic silviculture, he devotes a full chapter to nurseries. He discusses the best soil for a nursery, how the soil is treated and prepared for sowing, and the favorability of using lots of organic matter. Thus, our present topic is hardly new. However, there is considerable new information that will help us to a better understanding of the dynamics of organic matter in soil. Recently it has been shown that some of the most active and important organic matter is soluble. It breaks down very rapidly, however, so it must be continuously replaced. Organic matter maintenance is a bother but it is essential to the production of high quality grade one seedlings. It even makes economic sense.

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