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determine the effect of planting technique, organic matter selection with above-grade planting, and planting season on post-transplant growth of two native landscape shrubs selected for their reportedly different landscape establishment success rates ( Dirr

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Organic matter accumulation near the soil surface of putting greens is of concern to turf managers because of its effects on soil physical properties that can influence turf performance. Soil OM is composed primarily of dead and sloughed plant

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reported in the scientific literature. Soil properties The beneficial effects of organic matter on soil physical, chemical, and biological properties have been known for many years. Maintaining or increasing soil organic matter levels can improve

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), calcium (Ca), and magnesium (Mg), and percent organic matter (OM) in soil as affected by 3 years of organic transition strategies and compost application in 2010 before planting potato and tomato. Compost application affected available K, Ca, and Mg, and

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such as compost and biosolids (BS). Because expanded shale can absorb water and soluble nutrients, it is possible that it would absorb nutrients released from mineralized organic matter and extend the time they are retained in the plant rooting zone

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( Stockdale et al., 2002 ). Organic production potentially affects a number of soil properties, including soil organic matter content, microbial activity, microbial community structure, soil aggregation, water-holding content, and soil chemistry, which could

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Organic production has become a significant sector of the vegetable industry in California. Providing sufficient soil nitrogen availability to reach maximum yield potential can be a challenge in organic culture. Cover cropping is generally the most

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soil requirements for satisfactory growth; this is reflected in the establishment and maintenance costs. Blueberry cultivation is limited to acidic soils, usually with high organic matter, where iron is readily available and ammonium (NH 4 + ) is the

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practices on soil physical, chemical, and biological properties including organic matter content, bulk density and tilth, microbial biomass, and nutrient levels. The number one production practice used by organic farms is the use of green or animal manures

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removal of existing groundcover, reduction of the weed seed bank, increasing soil organic matter (SOM) and fertility, and if necessary, grading and adjusting the slope for rain water removal. It is recommended that site and soil preparation begin 1 year or

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