Response of Natural Stands of Shortleaf Pine to Thinning and Fertilization With Nitrogen and Phosphorus1
- James W. Curlin2
This paper reports the results of fertilizer experiments conducted with thinned and unthinned natural stands of shortleaf pine. Nitrogen and phosphorus were applied singly and in combination on both thinned and unthinned plots. The plots were located on three soil series found in close association in the Great Valley Region of eastern Tennessee.
Four-year response in basal area growth per tree was increased as much as 300% over the unthinned check by thinning and application of nitrogen. An increase of up to 40% over the thinned check was achieved with nitrogen alone. These responses were still evident 4 years after fertilization. Basal area growth response to phosphorus was erratic throughout the study period.
The results indicate that stand density must be low enough at the time of nitrogen application to allow growth to proceed unhindered.Please view the pdf by using the Full Text (PDF) link under 'View' to the left.
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