Re: HD ridging with a dozer, Reuben Hofshi, 7. Sep 2013 15:15
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Several items:
1. Unless you are on flat land your ridges need to go up and down the slope, otherwise you will have erosion everywhere especially with the ridges' loose soil
2. You will need to have pressure compensating emitters which are also anti siphon to avoid water drainage when the irrigation is turned off.
3. Having ridges is a way to distribute rain water over many channels which minimizes erosion, The most important, and it must be done correctly, is the road construction and the way it is sloped. If you don't do it right silt will accumulate and the water will then find an escape channel causing a lot of erosion in the block below.
4. If I were you I would stay away from bringing any uncomposted green waste from LA County or Orange County. Many of the box elder trees among other species in these two counties have been attacked by the ambrosia beetle and its symbiotic fungus. The practice is to remove the trees and haul the cut branches and wood to be recycled. The beetles don't just die and you will end up infesting your grove and other near by susceptible species, Currently there is no cure for either the beetle or the fungus.
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