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Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4

Authors

S E. Hardisty

Keywords

Apples, Orchard soils, Mulching, Tillage

First Page Number

79

Last Page Number

86

Abstract

THE idea of eliminating cultivation in orchards suggests a reversal of accepted local practice in orchard soil management—but there is plenty of evidence to show that a noncultivation system has much in its favour.

In this article the advantages and disadvantages of the three main forms of orchard soil management are discussed and experimental evidence is presented in support of noncultivation.

An alternative method, "winter sod" culture, is proposed for irrigated orchards.

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