Response of slash pine to bedding and phosphorus application in southeastern flatwoods
Phosphorus fertilization and mechanical seedbed preparation influenced growth of slash pine on three Plummer sand sites that varied in wetness. On dry and intermediate sites, tree heights at age 8 years were about equal on flat-disked sites, beds elevated about 5 inches, and beds elevated about 10 inches. On the wet site, high beds excelled. Top dressing with phosphorus at age 2 years stimulated growth by 2 to 5 feet on all seedbeds of the wet and intermediate sites.