Blue Berry bushes questions about care for them??

Discussion in 'Nurseries and Growers' started by Smith Lawn & Landscaping, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. Smith Lawn & Landscaping

    Smith Lawn & Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    I got one of my customers who wants me to put in some Blue berry bushes and i was just wondering what kind of care and prep planting is involved thanks..
  2. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
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    There's a farmer near me, in Lebanon OH, that does real well with them.

    He also runs a farm market & country store with an orchard, small vineyard, petting zoo and playground for the kids.
    And he has different festivals in the summer often with clowns, magicians, bluegrass bands, folk artists, etc.

    I asked him one time about what he did special in raising such nice blueberries.

    All the old man would say to me then, was: "We use vinegar in the soil"

    (And you should have seen the soil in the area around the blueberries !
    Absolutely perfect texture & consistency !!)

    That does make sense.
    Vinegar, used consistently, would serve to maintain a lower pH.

    Blueberries love a pH ranging from 5.5 to 6.5, so I'm told.

    Our pH levels around here average in the mid to upper 7's naturally; this area having limestone / dolomite bedrock.

    Why he doesn't just use sulfur...I don't know ??
  3. OP
    Smith Lawn & Landscaping

    Smith Lawn & Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    I can see where using vinegar would help but i guess that would also vary around the states. Another words climate control is different. Our ph level around here is typically 6.0-7.0 we dont have alot of limestone in the soil. Im gona talk with some locals around here and see about the vinegar. thanks again
  4. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
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    At a 6.0-7.0 range you may not need to do any pH adjustment.

    (But I think it'd be wise to have some samples professionally tested for pH...not the 'box store' pH testers, either!)

    Again...I never got a straight answer from the old fellow why they used vinegar...he is certainly 1st generation American; of German or Dutch descent w/ a strong accent, and he was struggling to find the right words to tell me that day.

    In my opinion, if you had to lower pH; split-pea sulfur would work just as well.
    Maybe better, because it'd be more likely to bond to the soil structure over a long period, and not 'leach out'.

    Maybe check this site out...(you'll probably find more help there than with all the lawn-jockeys oh here !!)

    " Dave's Garden "

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