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International Journal of Forestry Research
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 980670, 11 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/980670
Research Article

Postplanting Nutritional Augmentation of Jeffrey Pine Seedlings on an Infertile Sierran Site

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science, University of Nevada, 1000 Valley Road, Reno, NV 89512, USA

Received 20 December 2010; Revised 27 February 2011; Accepted 1 March 2011

Academic Editor: Han Chen

Copyright © 2011 Roger F. Walker. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Broadcast fertilization with an array of amendments was investigated for its capacity to stimulate growth and enhance nutrition of a three-year-old Jeffrey pine (Pinus jeffreyi Grev. & Balf.) plantation growing on an acidic Sierra Nevada surface mine. Four formulations that differed in N source, duration of release, and the suite of nutrients provided were evaluated, with each applied using four rates. Free Flow 29-3-4, a conventional amendment featuring urea as its near exclusive N source, and High N 22-4-6, a controlled release formulation containing ammoniacal, nitrate, and urea N, were the most stimulatory while an organic formulation relying exclusively on a municipal biosolid N source, Milorganite 6-2-0, was the least so. The lowest application rates employed were inadequate while the most advantageous was not the highest rate for any formulation. Foliar analysis revealed that improved N nutrition was probably critical in the favorable growth responses to fertilization, that of P was a likely contributor, and amelioration of potential Mn toxicity may have assumed an accessory role.