How to prepare land for planting Hass Avocado:
Congratulations that you’ve decided to venture into Hass Avocado Farming.
It’s an amazing opportunity, that I would recommend to my best friends, relatives and even enemies…
Because of the good living possible through avocado farming.
Before I get into the gist of the matter…
To explain how to go about preparing the land for avocado farming.
I am making the following assumptions:
- Your land is suitable for avocado farming.
- It does not experience any waterlogging conditions.
- It is in a protected area—away from intrusion by animals like goats, cows or any herbivore.
- You have security in your area (I am telling you this—once some JEALOUS PEOPLE see the huge returns you’ll get from growing avocado, some of them will be tempted to become thieves.)
Procedure for Preparing the Land:
- Buy a herbicide, (preferably a non-selective herbicide) like roundup.
- 1 ½ liters of roundup should be enough for the one acre of land.
- Put water up to the ¾ mark of a knapsack sprayer.
- Add the recommended (as per instructions on herbicide label) amount of herbicide to the water in the knapsack sprayer.
- Agitate the mix using a clean wooden stick.
- Add more water to the knapsack until it reaches the 20-liter mark.
- The herbicide is now ready to spraying on the land. Ensure you wear protective clothing like overall, goggles, and gloves.
- Spray the land—ensure you cover the target area with the herbicide mix.
- Wait for 7-14 days
*Please note. VERY IMPORTANT
- Roundup kills ALL plants in the target area.
- If you have some plants/crops that you’d wish to spare, don’t use any herbicide.
- Instead, you can do hand tillage using a hoe.
- Clean your Knapsack immediately with soap and water.
- Ensure that solution does not come into contact with any plant you don’t want killed.
- Keep agro-chemicals away from children
Why Use Roundup to Clear Weeds for Your Avocado Farm?
- Young Hass avocado seedlings are poor competitors against weeds.
- Therefore, if they are planted without destroying all the weeds in the area, they are likely to be overwhelmed by the weeds.
- Spraying roundup on the weeds gives the avocado plants a head start of 3-4 months before weeds become aggressive again.
- By then, the Hass Avocado plants would be strong enough to compete against weeds.
- You don’t need to plow your land—thus you’ll save on costs and energy! (this is the sweetest thing on using herbicides)
The Number of Plants You Need and Preparing Planting Holes
Before I explain how to prepare holes…
There are three approaches to growing Avocados.
These two approaches determine the number of holes you need per acre.
- High density planting, where plants are spaced at a distance of (3 M X 3M) (meters)
- Ordinary planting where plants are spaced at a distance of (6 M X 6 M)
In the high density planting you require 300 Hass Avocado seedlings per acre.
In The low density planting, you require 150 Hass Avocado Seedlings per acre.
The philosophy under the first approach is to maximize production during the first 3-4 years, when the Hass Avocado plants are still young and small.
When they become larger, you thin out the plants to a spacing of (6 M X 6 M)
In the second approach, you avoid that trouble and you just go straight to the recommended spacing.
Preparing Planting Holes for Your Hass Avocado Plants
The number of holes you need, and the spacing depends on the approach you choose, as explained above.
Steps in Digging the hole.
- Dig a hole of diameter of 1 foot, and depth of 2 feet.
- Remove the soil from the hole, and mix the soil with well-rotted farmyard manure.
- Return the soil back to the hole, but don’t fill up the hole completely.
- The space that is left will be for transplanting your seedling
- Continue this process until you finish the desired number of holes.
- Use a nylon line/Sisal twine to help you prepare the holes in a straight line.
Transplanting The Hass Avocado Seedlings
The best time to transplant the seedlings is late in the evening.
When finish transplanting, ensure that the seedlings at the soil level—not inside the hole.
This is to avoid waterlogging of the seedling.
We do not desire any water to form a pool on the hole you’ve just prepared as avocado is very sensitive to waterlogging and you may lose all your seedlings.
Once you are done, protect your seedlings from animals especially cows and goats as they find avocado leaves a delicacy.
Conclusion and Wrapping it Up:
Follow the procedure here and you’ll succeed in growing avocado.
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