We have 4 acres of what use to be peanut fields in alabama.

The soil isn't very good. Everything I plant seems to die. The only tree that I have been able to salvage is the crepe myrtles. Any suggestions on how to fertilize the lawn cost effectively? Not rich. Thanks for any help. I have a whole lot of trees I have bought from Arbor Foundation coming and I don't want to lose them once I get them in the ground!! HELP!!!
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  • 3po3 3po3 on Dec 10, 2011
    My best advice for you is to start with a soil test from Alabama cooperative extension. Here's your info: http://www.aces.edu/anr/soillab/ They can tell you what you need to balance your soil and grow plants. I thought I was doing all the right things with my veggie garden until I got my soil tested. Costs a few bucks, but it will save a lot of money in the long run. You can avoid buying a lot of fertilizer inappropriate for your site.

  • Rachel M Rachel M on Dec 10, 2011
    Great idea....thanks!!

  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Dec 11, 2011
    Since peanuts are a nitrogen-fixing plant, your soil may not actually be that bad, but, as Steve suggests, a soil test is the starting point. It will tell you what to do. Also, you need to make sure that you are going to be able to get water to all those young trees you are going to plant. Regular, deep watering is crucial to their getting established.

  • Rachel M Rachel M on Dec 11, 2011
    Yes Douglas I have thought of that. Thank you. I just really think that the soil has been used up, it has been 17 years since it was a peanut field

  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Dec 12, 2011
    The soil test will tell the story, Rachel. Here's hoping it's not as bad as you expect.

  • Bob and RodMan S Bob and RodMan S on Dec 12, 2011
    Don't know what trees you have coming in.but while you're in touch with the extension service get a list from them of native species that could satisfy the needs under which you made you first selection. Trees already suited to the particular soil and climate conditions of any region are more likely to be successful with minimum maintenance. Good luck and send us pictures.

  • Rachel M Rachel M on Dec 12, 2011
    I will thank you all...I will be going to the ext. office today and send that sample off.

  • Rachel M Rachel M on Dec 12, 2011
    I will also take pictures and put them on here also.