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Pre-Plant Renovation and Soil Conditioning For New Vineyard and Small Fruit Plantings

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Pre-plant soil conditioning for perennial small fruit crops is the best insurance for efficient establishment, increased longevity, and continued high productivity. The program outlined here is intended to provide near ideal nutrient and soil pH conditions for growth throughout the entire rooting zone. This process is aimed at reducing potentially damaging populations of plant-parasitic nematodes and increasing the total organic matter content to help stabilize basic nutrient requirements while encouraging overall biological activity in the soil.

Joseph A. Fiola
University of Maryland Extension