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#2960645 - 09/28/12 10:56 AM Any luck fertilizing oaks?
GOODWIN
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I tried fertilizing a few white oaks this past spring but I can't tell any difference in mast production. Anyone ever have any luck with this and if so how'd you do it?
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#2960655 - 09/28/12 11:02 AM Re: Any luck fertilizing oaks? [Re: GOODWIN]
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Seems like the consensus here is that it does not help.
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#2960678 - 09/28/12 11:19 AM Re: Any luck fertilizing oaks? [Re: Football Hunter]
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There are so many factors that are involved that make it very complex. When you fertilize in the Spring, your not doing it for that Fall, your doing it for the next year or years down the road. I would actually argue that fertilizing a tree that Spring will encourage more vegetative growth instead of seed setting. It can help certainly, but is the extent to which it would help worth the work, etc? No one really knows the answer to that question. There are far to many other factors that can influence the mast crop that a proper test is just not realistic, IMO. I do fertilize my fruit trees however, but your talking about a much smaller root system on them and not a tree that has been established in a location for 80 years or more sending down deep tap roots. I guess my philosophy is that it is much more beneficial to simply get SUNLIGHT to oaks than to be fertlizing. But I do think we all know that an oak in a lawn getting fertlizer, lime, and sunlight will often times be a great producer.
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#2960825 - 09/28/12 01:49 PM Re: Any luck fertilizing oaks? [Re: smstone22]
GOODWIN
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 Originally Posted By: smstone22
There are so many factors that are involved that make it very complex. When you fertilize in the Spring, your not doing it for that Fall, your doing it for the next year or years down the road. I would actually argue that fertilizing a tree that Spring will encourage more vegetative growth instead of seed setting. It can help certainly, but is the extent to which it would help worth the work, etc? No one really knows the answer to that question. There are far to many other factors that can influence the mast crop that a proper test is just not realistic, IMO. I do fertilize my fruit trees however, but your talking about a much smaller root system on them and not a tree that has been established in a location for 80 years or more sending down deep tap roots. I guess my philosophy is that it is much more beneficial to simply get SUNLIGHT to oaks than to be fertlizing. But I do think we all know that an oak in a lawn getting fertlizer, lime, and sunlight will often times be a great producer.


Seems logical. Had some extra fertilizer so thought I'd give it a try since I'd heard of people doing it.

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#2961456 - 09/29/12 08:19 AM Re: Any luck fertilizing oaks? [Re: GOODWIN]
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When fertilizing an oak,is it better to dig a small hole with say a dibble bar and pour in some in several locations around the tree or is broadcasting it ok??
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#2962719 - 09/30/12 12:47 PM Re: Any luck fertilizing oaks? [Re: diamond hunter]
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I was told to use a buld setter and to put 7 to 10 holes around the drip line. And to broadcast 2 hundred pounds of lime.
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#2963618 - 10/01/12 08:26 AM Re: Any luck fertilizing oaks? [Re: GOODWIN]
MickThompson
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Think about this- what is the pH of most woodland soils? Not too good. pH controls the availabilty of most soil nutrients, so very little of what you put out ever makes it to the tree. No research has ever shown an increase in mast production following fertilization. But stay tuned, UT has a project ongoing to determine what, if any, effect fertilization and thining will have on mast production in white oaks. Like others have said, light and no competition will likely benefit mast production more than fetilizing. Thinning has been shown to increase mast production. A chainsaw is much lighter to carry through the woods than bags of 19-19-19!
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