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AlbaCote Feriliser

ALTHOUGH DESIGNED FOR THE FORESTRY SECTOR, ALBACOTE FERTILISER IS IDEAL FOR SMALLER-SCALE PLANTING.

READ ON FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR PLANTS AND SHRUBS.

Trees & Fertiliser
Woodland nutrition is complex. Different sites will have different requirements and it is often too expensive or impractical to address individual site requirements. A more general approach is often used, usually involving broadcast applications of rock phosphate on to sites.
This approach, however, has significant drawbacks:
- It is not targeted and weed species benefit too
- It is an expensive and dirty operation
- The potential for run-off and pollution of water courses is high, this also leads to economic loss
The application of a granular, coated fertiliser direct into the planting hole at the time of planting overcomes these problems in a simple and cost-effective way.

AlbaCote
AlbaCote (15-25-6) is a uniquely formulated controlled-release fertiliser (CRF) containing Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K) as well as vital trace elements for use in woodland planting - both new planting sites and restock sites.
N - involved in the production of new tissue. Good levels of nitrogen in the plant over winter provide a good start in spring.
P - vital for energy transfer processes in plant tissues and important for root development.
K - essential for growth processes including photosynthesis as well as being vital for plant hardiness.

How Does AlbaCote Work?

AlbaCote consists of a strictly controlled blend of nutrients surrounded by an elastic resin coat. The rate of nutrient release is directly affected by soil temperature.
In UK forestry conditions, AlbaCote will generally provide a gradual release over a period of two growing seasons. This is considered sufficient to get young roots growing healthily and in search of naturally occurring nutrients.


Environmental Considerations
Guidelines on the application of fertiliser, produced by Scottish Environmental and Rural Services recommend that:
"Fertiliser must be applied on land in such a way and at such times that the risk of pollution to the water environment is minimised."
The use of AlbaCote CRF directly addresses this requirement by the accurate placement of nutrients and the fact that it does not leach out under excessive waterlogged conditions.

Ergonomic Considerations
The quantity of AlbaCote required per plant is much less than traditional 'powdered' fertilisers. In addition, AlbaCote is dry and clean to handle. Together, these make the application more cost-effective and less hazardous for planters.

New Planting Sites
For a number of years Alba has been supplying CRF products to native pine schemes in the Scottish Highlands to aid establishment on what are often poor nutrient sites.
These sites are subject to strict controls to ensure minimal environmental impact. The application of our CRF products enables these objectives to be met whilst providing an excellent start for the young trees.
"The use of Alba's CRF has made a significant difference to the success of establishing trees on poor nutrient status sites. Application of CRF has meant the difference between getting broadleaves established or not."
John Mackay, Treeline Forestry Ltd, Inverness

AlbaCote trials have taken place on restock sites across the country, with encouraging results.

 

Posted by: Chris Allan / 03 August 2016 at 15:13 / Comment

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