Back to soil biology basics

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  • Published: 20 May 2022

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Healthy soils are the foundation for growing a good Tea Tree crop. Undertaking management practices that create the right environment for biological beneficials to thrive is a way of proactively mitigating against pest and disease occurrence and improving plant access to soil nutrients for improved tree development and health.

There has been limited specific research undertaken for Tea Tree on the impact of fertiliser application, soil ameliorants or plantation floor management on soil health indicators such as physical structure, biology, chemistry, and consequences for tree health, growth, and productivity. It is hoped the industry will develop improved knowledge in the near future but for now general rules of thumb researched and recommended for other industries of the region can certainly be applied to Tea Tree.