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Hi, I am planting young avocados, Have Incorporated fresh wood ash in soil blend, will this damage new roots?

The soil is a sandy loam mounded up, can you suggest any soil amendments apart from dynamic lifter and compost that could help establish these grafted avocados?

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Ash and charcoal is beneficial in the soil when used sparingly.

As complete soil preparation regime for your avocado includes:

- Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver and Plant Fertiliser use the rate as per label instructions.
- Compost apply at a rate of 5-10 cm thick, then mix through the top 30 cm of soil.
- Soil wetter. Sandy soils are prone to water repellency, try Yates Waterwise Granular Soil Wetter to help break down the waxy material that coats the soil particles 
- Mulch. Sugarcane or Straw is great as it breaks down quickly and adds to organic matter in the soil. Apply at 50-75 mm thick, keeping slightly away from the base of the trunk.
- To help reduce transplant shock, apply Yates Dynamic Lifter Liquid Concentrate as a foliar spray.
- Soil pH: Avocado prefer a slightly acidic to mostly neutral soil between 6.0 and 7.5. 
* If the soil pH is too low, apply Yates Hydrangea Pinking Liquid Lime & Dolomite.
*If the soil pH is too high, apply Yates Soil Acidifier Liquid Sulfur.


Avoid over-application of products: organic matter should be no greater than 20% of the total soil, and only apply fertilisers according to label instructions. 



Answered: 6 Aug, 2021

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