Apples, Orchard soils, Mulching, Tillage
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THE idea of eliminating cultivation in orchards suggests a reversal of accepted local practice in orchard soil management—but there is plenty of evidence to show that a noncultivation system has much in its favour.
In this article the advantages and disadvantages of the three main forms of orchard soil management are discussed and experimental evidence is presented in support of noncultivation.
An alternative method, "winter sod" culture, is proposed for irrigated orchards.
Hardisty, S E.
"The elimination of cultivation in apple orchards : a new approach to orchard soil management,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4: Vol. 7:
2, Article 5.
Available at: https://library.dpird.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture4/vol7/iss2/5