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Soil Recovery Study

We are in the process of conducting a field experiment on two sites in Somerset to compare several methods of aerating the soil after flooding.  We have used four different methods:

  • sward lifting and slot seeding,
  • sub soiling and slot seeding,
  • aerating and slot seeding,
  • slot seeding only and doing nothing (see diagram below). 

We are also sampling an area that has been rotivated and slot seeded.  As with the monthly sampling, we are measuring soil density, above ground biomass, soil pH, soil salinity, and soil nutrients (phosphorous, ammonium, nitrates).

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