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Nutrition Management for Longleaf Pine Straw

By: David Blevins, Lee Allen, Steve Colbett, William Gardner Woodland Owner Notes

While the sale of straw represents a financial opportunity for some private timberland owners, it can be a potential problem because of the repeated removal of nutrients from raked sites. Nutrient losses from a single removal of pinestraw are small and not likely to affect stand productivity. Research indicates, however, that frequent raking can result in significant nutrient losses. This publication covers commercial fertilizer applications that can replenish nutrients as well as increase pinestraw production.