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I'm thinking 50/50 sand/topsoil is best because the 2 citrus a friend gave me look terrible & the soil stays wet for days.  Compacts very tight.  These both have good reviews for what i'm looking to do.  Company even replied saying yes it's ok to others that asked.

I'll post my pool test strip photos shortly in new post.

Thanks Har.  I used it once last yr, didn't solve problems but leaves had nice waxy look i liked.
Does anyone here use it as regular maintenance/prevention?

Does regular spraying of  trees with neem & some dawn help prevent issues like these?
Asking for future problems.
Also, can neem hurt by smothering leaves if over applied?
Thank you.

Here it is.  I had to press finger quite hard & make multiple passes.  It's great for wheels & pushing things on it :)  i throw a steel rake down & it almost rings. 
I will definitely send sample to master extension office which i was told's in Gaineville because 2 small citrus trees a friend gave me looks terrible.  Was great before planting.  Gots to dig it up.

Thin sand layer washed up from topsoil fill.  Also had a few sea shells.

skhan, i water settled it by blasting every inch with garden hose point blank, 3 times.  Worked great, went down almost 4".  I left level strings till done.
Reason for wanting solid ground is for my wheelchair.  I'm a paraplegic and sand was not fun.  My 86yr old father & i did all leveling & fill, a good tree guy cleared it for me.
Soil now is like nice hard NY black dirt with some but not much FL sand.  Much of the wood chips that was in fill floated up as i settled it & raked it off.
I'm affraid fruit tree roots will rot in no time, considering they like our sandy stuff.  No standing water even though it's flat including after those feet of rain.
It's grass & weed cover now, spread seed, will take photo if landscaper gets here.  Top has thin sand layer that washed up from fill.

sphagnum is new word to me.

Bovine, underneath is typical FL sand.  It was wooded lot i cleared some of.
Questionable part (after reading forum) is brazil pepper tree leftover debris between original lot sand & topsoil i used.
The topsoil is not loamy at all.  It's black dirt that compacted so hard, it's like digging concrete.
Testing i should do.  Where should i mail some?  Ph i did myself & showed very high like 8, so i spread 20lbs or more cr90 a month ago before the feet of rain we got.

Epicat, thanks for your input.  Course is what i think it needs to drain.

Howdy all.   Early this yr i put down 35yrds of topsoil to grade 30x50 or so area.
Thickness anywhere from 3" hto 12" and i water settled it 3x.  Can drive on it without sinking much.
I've read dig hole 2x root ball which i'll do. 
Should i get unknown FL sand where i got soil, or big box store of some type?
And what ratio should i mix it?
6 mangos from 3gal to 15gal if nice i'll be planting.
And if there's better option then sand, i'll do that.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Two new types of spam in the forum
« on: October 18, 2020, 01:39:37 PM »
A paint forum i chat on, recently made editing posts not an option for noobs for a few posts & time so they can't pass inspection & re-edit.
Also links not allowed till post 5 or 10.
Hope that helps.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lower soil ph with sulfuric acid
« on: October 18, 2020, 09:32:37 AM »
Cr90 is what i used too.  Wondering if the powder form is better to quickly get ph right & then cr90 to maintain.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lower soil ph with sulfuric acid
« on: October 17, 2020, 08:05:30 PM »
Ascorbic not citric acid.  Bought it from amazon.  1 vitamin c tablet will amaze you in 1 gallon of water.
I used it on my bananas after almost killing them overnight with silica i had read was good for something.
The C dropped ph quick, trees turned green after yellow rubber looking from sky high silica ph.
Doesn't last very long though.  I threw some sulfur on them since.  Soil not plants.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lower soil ph with sulfuric acid
« on: October 17, 2020, 04:09:34 PM »
Someone here mentioned using it.
My guess drops per gallon.  Do you use pool test strips to measure ph ect?  I do.
Lots of calculating dilution ratios for final test.
I've used vitamin c powder, maybe 1/2 teaspoon per gallon which then gets mixed 16:1 by syphon.
Lowered it from 7 to 5.5 or so, will take pics next time.
Put 1 vitamin c in gallon of water & see how drastically it lowers ph.

Good question.  I've been wondering that too.

I'm planning on making 6 pvc pipe circles (octagons actually) for 6 mangos.  Wasn't considering watering leaves.  Should I?
Pvc pipe 100' drilled with smallest bit every 6" i made for 4 dozen Areca palms & worked quite well this past dry season.  Water squirts up 4" towards trees.  I sprayed the leaves maybe once per week.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Quickest producers from seed?
« on: October 11, 2020, 08:14:18 AM »
Seeing this thread's 2yrs old, how did you guys do? 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pine bark uses for 5-1-1 potting mixes
« on: October 09, 2020, 08:09:39 AM »
Mango planting-
Is pine bark better then chips for soil mix and if so, why?
And is either dry or freshly chipped better?
I ask because i'm having another limb removed & chipped from tall pine to straighten it.
I'd have him blow chips in garbage pail.  I also have bark chips.
Pine needles i've been leaving as they fall around areca palms.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: pruning mango trees
« on: October 08, 2020, 08:30:15 AM »
So when cutting below node, new growth usually pops out staggered?
Strength wise it makes sense now that i think about it, my main bottom limbs will all be at one central point.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: pruning mango trees
« on: October 07, 2020, 12:07:43 PM »
Being i cut mine above ring, how will it effect strength or weakness?
It's a rapid grower, my guess Kent.  House came with parent tree.
It grew nearly high as top utility wire in no time before cutting it way down.
Bought imported Kent mango and fiber, color, flavor seemed same (minus tree ripened goodness).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: pruning mango trees
« on: October 06, 2020, 07:33:10 PM »
I'm a noob, cut mine almost in half right above some leaves.
It kept growing straight so a month or 2 later i took more off & it worked.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango Taproot
« on: October 06, 2020, 05:41:53 PM »
Thanks Simon.
Mine to move by prop line's likely adjusted to plenty of water being it's low on property & this is FL.
Grew surrounded by brazil pepper trees.  I clipped it in half last yr & clipped shoots so it branched nice & low.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango Taproot
« on: October 05, 2020, 09:55:37 PM »
You guys are great for guys like me.
I'm new to mangos, planting some 3gal & maybe 15gal next month.
Expect some to have spiral roots.
And i have one planted by a squirrel that's 2yrs old & needs to move off property line.
If tap root gets cut or ripped off, won't matter it sounds.

I have one to move squirrels planted too close to property line.
Question- if tap root gets cut off, will it shoot another down?

I'm cold.
I tossed sulfur this morn on a mango & few bananas before last quick rain.
See in a few days.

November i'll be planting 6 or so mango flavors with sweatshirt on.
Sorry i edit post sometimes,


i never ate m4.  are they sweet & delicious?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Inches of Rain today FL
« on: October 03, 2020, 08:26:37 PM »
gnappi, show us that same shot tomorrow if u see this.
i got standing water where it only happens once or twice per yr or none.  Oct 3 2020.

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