David Hernick wrote:Me and my young family head to Santa Cruz every so often. Maybe we could help out for a day or every so often. You are super lucky you found a spot like that, we were looking in that area a few years ago. The Santa Cruz Mountains is one of furthest north place I have heard of market avocado orchards. I have fantasized about an Avocado CSA based on varietal diversity. Cheers. David
Michael Newby wrote:How well vegetated are the hillsides? I would look at ways of slowing and infiltrating the water as high up as feasible then work your way down the property. If the hills are too steep for swales or terraces then you can still plant shrubs and trees on contour which will create a type of swale on contour as the plants collect debris that's making it's way down the hill. .
John Elliott wrote:This sounds like a job for **Mycoremediation**
What I would suggest is to plant the willows AND make sure that the willows are heavily inoculated with mycorrhizal fungi. The combination of the two will do more to remediate nasties in the runoff, than either one can alone. Eventually, if you plant just the willows, they will acquire some mycorrhizal fungi from spores that blow in, but there is nothing like pouring a cup of mushroom gazpacho in the hole when you plant the willow to make sure that there is plenty of fungi there.
I'm glad to help you plan out this remediation project, but I have a few questions:
Are there any willows there now?
Are there any oaks in the area?
What do you mean your pond has been taking abuse? Can you be more specific? Algae bloom?
Have you considered planting bald cypress as part of the water management?
How big is the pond?
Anything living in it? Fish? Turtles? Duckweed?
Are you interested in using the willows as a coppice?
Crt Jakhel wrote:Um, sorry, massive misunderstanding. My question which you replied to was to Hector in Szentmargitfalva. Germany by bicycle, from Slovenia, is, well... It's a serious trip
Crt Jakhel wrote:Oh - must be more than one village with this name then. 4-5 hrs by car s too far for me as my main transport is the bicycle. Well... Best of everything to you.