BULK Ratios: *Pine Soil Conditioner, or finely ground pine mulch, can often be purchased in bulk unlike Peat Moss. If you are able to purchase Pine Soil Conditioner in bulk, the conversion would be: 109 (3.8 cu’) bales Peat Moss/30 cu yd. of Pine Soil Conditioner.
Mixing Peat Moss and Pine Fines at our Farm
Mixing Peat Moss and Pine Fines
We highly recommend mixing peat moss and pine fines into the ground before planting. There has been a huge difference in the plants from the farmers who mix in a soil amendment beforehand, and those who don’t.
Sometimes it is hard to know how much peat moss, pine fines, and or compost that someone should amend into their blueberry farm prior to planting. It can often depend on the pH of your soil and the organic material. We generally recommend 1 bale of peat moss and 4 bags of pine fines for every 10 blueberry bushes. So for a one acre project this would be 109 bales of peat moss and 436 bags of pine fines, or if you buy your pine fines in bulk it would be about 30 yards.
If you were to buy the peat moss from us at our wholesale price it would be $1,689.50. If you bought the pine fine bags it would cost about $1,962.00. Or if you bought pine fines in bulk it would be about $1,200. So for one acre of blueberry planting it generally costs about $2,800-3,200. In the long run it is definitely worth it to spend the money in the soil amendment. It is very important to consider this cost because once you plant your blueberry farm you can no longer add your soil amendment unless you dig your blueberry plants back up.
An alternative or an additional thing to consider is taking soil samples to see what minerals your land may need for the productivity of your Blueberry Farm. If your farm’s organic material is already high, and your pH is not too high, you may be able to just add aged compost and different recommended minerals that would allow your blueberries to thrive.
If you do not add Peat and Pine to your rows, it is certainly recommend that you take soil samples to see what you what you need. The company we like to use is Fertrell. They are an Organic Fertilizer Company that have agronomists that will help you know what you need to add to your soil. They use Waypoint Analytical to analyze the soil samples.