Tips for Creating a Food Plot Part 2
After purchasing several acres of land for sale in Ocala, Florida, you will realize that you have a number of options for land use. Assuming that you don’t already have a plan to build a home or a farm or use it for commercial purposes, you may want to convert it to deer hunting land. Doing so will provide a great source of recreational sport and can be a source of revenue. While you can easily draw deer hunting enthusiasts to your property, deer are a different story. Your land has to appealing enough for deer congregate. One of the strategies for doing this is creating a food plot.
Why Create a Food Plot?
To attract deer, you must create an area that has the items they like. Food plots contain the plants they like to eat in an area away from roads and paths. If constructed correctly, food plots will also be close to tree stands, making it easier for hunters.
More Steps for Creating a Food Plot
In the first part of our series, we listed the initial steps for creating an attractive food plot. In this part, we will give the continuation of those steps. By doing all steps, you should be able to draw bucks to your property.
Test the Soil
As with any crop planting, soil conditions are critical. After clearing out the area, take a soil sample. If the pH level of the soil is 7.0, it’s in good shape for planting. Lower pH levels could lead to lower quality crops.
Liming the Soil
If your soil does not have the desired pH level, you can add lime to it. Use agricultural or pelletized lime. Once you get the pH level up to 7.0, you will increase the likelihood that plants will grow successfully.
When you are ready to grow plants on your plot, lay down fertilizer to promote its growth. Fertilizer provides several chemicals that are important to growth, including nitrogen. This step must be done after the pH level of the soil has been set. When soil is at the optimum pH level, it takes in fertilizer better, making it a more effective part of plant growth.
Tilling the Soil
Tilling is an important part of preparing the soil for planting seeds. The fertilizer, along with the lime that’s already been added to the soil is mixed in further with the tiller, creating better conditions for plant growth.
Now it’s time to plant the seeds. Seeds should be planted a quarter to a half inch deep, depending on the size of the seed (the larger the seed, the deeper is should be planted.) Plant sunflowers, soybean, and buckwheat, along with tall grasses to attract deer.