Site preparation and fertilizer increase loblolly pine pinus taeda growth on soils compacted in logging

Hatchell, G.E.

Southern Journal of Applied Forestry 5(2): 79-83


DOI: 10.1093/sjaf/5.2.79
Accession: 006423544

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Tree-length logging with rubber-tired skidders compacted the soil on a poorly drained site in the South Carolina [USA] coastal plain. Soil compaction reduced loblolly pine (P. taeda L.) seedling growth but not survival. Bedding or a moderate amount of fertilizer improved 4-yr 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.