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Can I use the pine shavings/chicken manure on my blueberry bushes?

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. I'm not sure if the shavings/manure would be harmful or not for my blueberries or not. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
PS this is my first time posting (at this area) I hope I am now at the right place for doing this.
post #2 of 6

If it's aged it should be ok.  You'll want the manure to be rooted/composted before adding it.  The shavings will take longer to compost but you could use it as a mulch for your plants.  I wouldn't till or bury the shavings into the earth - they'll rob it of nitrogen; add it as a top covering.

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post #3 of 6

I was just reading a little on line about this same idea.  I have had blueberry bushes in the past and not had much luck.  I have one that is barely hanging on, so I might just go buy new ones and start over.  Blueberries are very finicky, in my opinion, when it comes to soil.  They like soil with high amount of acidity. I think pH is supposed to be higher then 6.5.  Mine wasn't.  The thing is, I believe the things you can put in your soil to raise the pH also lowers the nitrogen.  So, I think shavings with chicken manure mixed in would be good for blueberries.  At least I am going to try that when I buy my new plants and see how it goes.

Rob 

post #4 of 6

don't put the fresh manure directly to the plants.. put them in your compost bin and be sure to turn your compost bin every now and then

 

some plants prefer a more alkaline soil while others more acidic.. some like neutral

 

there's a soil tester that you can get and bags of lime or sulfur in the garden center

 

i think lime will make it more alkaline and sulfur will make it more acidic

 

this place has a good video about planting blueberries

 

 


Edited by BruceAZ - 5/23/16 at 7:52am
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post #5 of 6

Sulfur does make the soil more acidic.  That was what I needed.  I think I am going to mix my shavings and peat into the ground and let it sit before I replant.  That video was very good.  Thanks for posting.

Rob

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Wal-mart will have everything you need (the price is also cheaper than home depot)

 

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