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Dry Soil Solutions in Vietnam


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Duncan01-Apr-08 10:46 PM EST 9a   
Kath02-Apr-08 11:23 AM EST 3a   
Kath02-Apr-08 11:33 AM EST 3a   
Duncan06-Apr-08 10:28 PM EST 9a   
Kath08-Apr-08 09:35 AM EST 3a   


Subject: Dry Soil Solutions in Vietnam
From: Duncan
Zone: 9a
Date: 01-Apr-08 10:46 PM EST

Hello from Vietnam my family home in HoChiMinh City has exceptionally dry sandy soil. The twenty food trees continue to shed their leafs daily even though they get a moderate watering near every day. Its quite the daily mess.

My question is to whether to leave the leafs on the ground will help keep the moisture in the ground. Im thinking the leafs are shedding because of lack of moiture. The leafs create a bit of an eyesore, so maybe it would be appropriate to shred them somehow.

Multching is a no-no here since the rodents will become even more bothersome. And of course it would be many many miles to get any such thing as grass clippings!!

The tradition here is to burn the leafs and spread the ash around the base of the tree.

Any help would be appreciate. Duncan

http://DuncanCumming.net


Subject: RE: Dry Soil Solutions in Vietnam
From: Kath (gardenofbubbles@yahoo.ca)
Zone: 3a
Date: 02-Apr-08 11:23 AM EST

My suggestion to you would be to try to improve your soil by digging the chopped leaves into the soil - this will add nutrients, as well as help hold moisture... also - make sure you are watering the soil very deeply, so that the water soaks as far into the soil as possible - this will make the roots grow deeper, which will stop them from drying out so quickly, and will also help them find the water in the sub-soil. if you can't afford to water deeply, then you can drive some hollow pipes into the ground, and pour water directly into those, which will take the water directly to the roots of the trees, where it is needed. I would also check to be sure that your trees do not have insects or any kinds of disease (look for eggs, larva, insects, as well as mold, rotting wood, and discolored or dead wood). It may also be possible that your trees are simply becoming dormant, and will perk up after a few months of rest. I hope this has helped you! Good luck and let me know how it works out! :)


Subject: RE: Dry Soil Solutions in Vietnam
From: Kath (gardenofbubbles@yahoo.ca)
Zone: 3a
Date: 02-Apr-08 11:33 AM EST

As an after thought - perhaps you can plant some drought tolerant, fast spreading ground cover around the trees... this will act as a mulch, and if you plant the right kind (such as mint), it will actually deter mice, rats, moles and other rodents. :)


Subject: RE: Dry Soil Solutions in Vietnam
From: Duncan
Zone: 9a
Date: 06-Apr-08 10:28 PM EST

thanks for your replies...some excellent suggestions.....can you suggest other plants that would deter the rat invasion? Traps and poisons and electric deterent just dont seem to work here. My bro-in-law has tried most available here. Im looking at the electrocution method at the moment.


Subject: RE: Dry Soil Solutions in Vietnam
From: Kath (gardenofbubbles@yahoo.ca)
Zone: 3a
Date: 08-Apr-08 09:35 AM EST

Well, first I would suggest spreading mothballs around the trees, providing there are no children around to pluck them up. Also be sure that there are no hiding places for them around (piles of brush, old mattresses, garbage bins, etc.) Wild tansy may help keep them away, but be sure not to let it go to seed as it will spread quickly. Hot pepper plants will help too. I would suggest Touchon or Jalepeno for the hottest (and most potent varieties). Anything with a very strong odor would be worthwhile trying out :). I do nope some of this is useful to you! Good luck!


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