On a related note: I’m planning on planting/replanting 10 apple trees this spring in a plot that I have amended over the last 3 years. It was used as a garden plot from '16-'18, but last year it lay fallow.
Four are trees that have failed to flourish in poor soil after 4 years in the ground; the other 6 are potted trees that I bench grafted the last couple years.
I had a soil test done last March after all the amending, and the results are these:
P: 165 (ppm)
Base Sat: 61%
A lot better than when I did the first soil test three years ago, the pH was 5.0, P=49, K=133, Ca=716, Mg=108, and Base Sat=21%.
BTW, I had the soil tests done by my local UK extension office, it took about 2 weeks for the results, and only cost $3 per sample. In my case I was able to tell them what I was planning on growing there and they tailored the report to show what proper level of nutrients were needed.
From the looks of these latest results, does it look like I’d need to add any more amendments?
The plot has a tendency to accumulate a bit of water in rainy periods, so I’m thinking of maybe plowing in opposite directions of the planned rows, so that I can get some of the soil to mound up. Does that sound like a good idea? I have a double bottom 14" plow to do this task.
The potted trees are on M7 rootstock, and the other four are G210, G890, G222, and G202. Would 15ft spacing between the trees and 13ft between the rows be sufficient?
Also, in moving these four in-ground trees, should I need to keep the root ball with the tree, or shake off the soil from the roots, and plant them as bare roots?