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Fruit trees in sandy soil

We have 1 acre block at Marion Bay, Yorke Peninsula SA, we would love to plant fruit trees and nut trees, to get established before we move there...because the soil is sandy, with a high alkaline- do we have any chance of growing some healthy fruit and nut trees? We love the usual, apricots, apples, plums, peaches, whatever nut you may think would grow and also grape vines?
Would really appreciate all the advice you can give as can be expensive making mistakes!
Thanks Jen

Submitted: 05:27PM, 15 Jul 2018
Answer: Hi Jen,

Thank you for contacting Yates.

With sandy and alkaline soil it is going to take some work to get a good quality mix for growing fruit trees that like it a little more on the acid side.

We would recommend adding some organic matter to the area such as compost, Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver and Plant Fertiliser and some bentonite clay into the mix to assist with the profile.

As for the pH you will need to bring this down. This will be needed to be done regularly. Applying Yates Liquid Sulfur Soil Acidifier will assist with this control as will regular applications of compost.

Kind regards

Stephanie
Yates Horticulturist

Answered: 02:48PM, 16 Jul 2018

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