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berm - follow up + citrus?

Postby gardenlen » Wed Sep 17, 2014 5:35 am

g'day fellow gardeners,

we use berms to trap water flow and give a position that offers better drainage, not that wee really need better drainage where we are is a dry area.

anyhow needed to dig into the fruit tree berm citrus, tree tomatoes and olive trees, to bury a dead wallaby.

we where somewhat amazed even though digging anywhere else with no rain almost needs a jack hammer to full depth, the berm well mulched was moist and very malleable only requiring a shovel to remove soil. the depth dug was deeper than the berm and we could have dug even deeper.

this berm was created from soil over burden from creating our building site, we added heaps of gypsum as we had the dirt tipped along the line, the soil is fantastic nearly 3 years later, very loamy more than clayey loam as before, we have red volcanic clay with red clayey loam and brown clayey loam, but this was a surprise i had taken the crow bar with but totally un-needed, the hole was dug about 12- 15"s deep, and could have easily been dug deeper.

now the archilles heel maybe, the olive tree been in about 2 years are doing well, and burying the wabbly between them should ensure orange sized olives hey? lol

but teh citrus planted at same time, not growing in stature, they look healthy enough, some want to fruit but the bush is too small, in past citrus always grew well to about 2 meters fairly quickly like well within 2 years, then of course we got good crops, but now no stature at all, as the berm soil is so good now we find we can't figure why they are not doing better? got a carambola and lemonade planted elsewhere in normal soil they also are not doing well, after 2 years the carambola has done naught.

mulching heavily does the job

take care
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len

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Re: berm - follow up + citrus?

Postby karyn » Wed Sep 17, 2014 11:31 am

Do you water them through the year? I have read that citrus is very greedy and likes a lot of water.
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Re: berm - follow up + citrus?

Postby gardenlen » Wed Sep 17, 2014 1:42 pm

g'day karyn,

they don't get lots of water but now summer is here again they will get app' 1/2 to 1 bucket a week, depends on how long the dry goes. we have never given citrus a lot of water except when setting fruit, 15 years ago at gunalda in sandy sandstone loam over clay, they grew well and produced oodles on scant watering av' rainfall 700 - 800mm. then in the 'burb's in sodden acid sulphate clay(man made fill), the same rainfall higher around 1k mm per annum. they never show stress between waterings, winter they get less watering.

they have more foliage this season but not much taller, at same time olives up to 2 meters, in same soil and with lots less water than the citrus, all other food trees doing well only the citrus are being lax. we plan on giving them a bucket of water a week some of that will be urined dishwater or laundry water. oh! the pecan nut is being testy as well, if it doesn't show signs of wanting to thrive then i'll plant something else

thanks for appreciated help, will keep informed
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len

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