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  1. drtreelove

    Coconut tree rotting

    A fungicide kills or suppresses fungi; it does not kill or repel beetles or their larvae or centipede like creatures. Insecticides do that. But before chemical treatment is used it's important to identify exactly what is going on, and what would be the target of the treatment, so that appropriate method and material can be used safely and effectively. It's not likely that this condition was initiated as a fungal disorder, unless you are overhead watering the crown of the palm daily or something like that. But fungal organisms may be secondary to insect pest activity. It would help to have photos or a description of the growing conditions for your palm and the damaged areas. If I understand correctly, the newly emerging leaves/fronds are affected by some malady that is resulting in decay at the base of the fronds, not the base of the trunk at the soil grade. Is that right? The most likely cause, as Cooked indicated, is an advanced infestation of beetle/weevil pests that invade and feed on the emerging foliage and bore into the woody stem at the base of the foliar crown. Heavy feeding by the pests can result in dead and decayed areas that become active with decay fungi and opportunistic dead vegetation feeders like millipedes, and possibly centipedes, if that's what you saw, Or were the creatures more like big fat white grubs? Coconut rhinoceros beetles are very common and they can start the party. The adults emerge from their breeding grounds in downed wood, compost piles and debris, and fly to the crown of the palms to feed and bore big holes as they munch. Then red palm weevils follow in the galleries that the CRBs make, lay eggs that hatch into hungry big grubs that keep the feasting going and weaken the palm growing points. Advanced infestations with a lot of damage present are hard to control, and the tree may not recover. Cooked, again pointed that out, that it may be too late. The key to assessment of mortality or hope for recovery, is if there is a viable, green growing terminal bud emerging at the top center of the palm. If not and the fronds are all brown, then the beetles have won and finished off their own food source, and will go on to another. If you have other palms, consider a preventive pest control program and don't wait for an advanced condition before taking action. If that's what is going on, preventive and control measures are outline in the attached papers. coconut_red_palm_weevil_180.pdf coconut_rhinoceros_beetle__melanesian_057.pdf
  2. I don't think so, but not sure. Try Lazada, it's like the Asian version of E-Bay, I just found this: https://www.lazada.co.th/products/2-rg-12-potting-soil-i166008390-s203435600.html?spm=a2o4m.searchlistcategory.list.62.4e0c594dqhyYqX&search=1
  3. drtreelove

    Container Soil - Growing Medium

    https://trec.ifas.ufl.edu/mannion/pdfs/May-JuneBeetle.pdf May or June beetles, if that's what it is: Here's a paper from U Florida with some interesting information. Predatory nematodes is interesting, I haven't used them and doubt if they are easily available in Thailand. This is one reason to cultivate beneficial soil biology, many natural pest controls exit in healthy, biologically active soil. Trapping the adults with soapy water is interesting. There are other natural controls. The neem product I mentioned is a ground kernal I believe, different from a purely oil product. A plant scientist I respect told me not to use neem oil or other horticultural oil in the soil as it messes with soil structure. Of the chemical controls mentioned, imidacloprid is available in some ag shops and would be good for lawns because it's systemic and long lasting. But not for food plants, for the same reason, systemic and long lasting. For food plants, if you are not certified organic and willing to possibly sacrifice some beneficial soil organisms in order to control the killer white grubs, then I would choose a soil drench with bifenthrin, a pyrethroid and the active ingredient in Chaindrite 30 SC . The label rate of 60:1 water to the concentrated product should do it. It's low toxicity for mammals, but don't get any in your fish pond and don't spray active pollinators. Bifenthrin has one of the longest residual effectiveness of the pyrethroids and it's not systemic, won't enter the plant tissues and translocate to leaves, flowers and fruits. It's what I use for preventive barrier bark banding for stem borer control.
  4. drtreelove

    Container Soil - Growing Medium

    Are you sure Thunder Cal is gypsum, Calcium sulfate, CaSO4. I didn't buy it because I wasn't sure. Evolare's wife's family business (see his recent post in this forum) bonemeal.net has a neem seed meal product from ThaiNeem that may prove to be useful as a soil amendment with the grubs you mention as well as coconut rhinoceros beetle larvae and other soil and compost harboring pests. There are other soil pest control options. I'll try to get time to review later.
  5. drtreelove

    Rat Poison.

    If you don't have a cat, try trapping. Your only headache will be the cleanup.
  6. How much do you need? Home Pro has some small sacks of their version of potting soil, as do other garden centers. The reason that the OP "did not get good leads" is that from my experience there is no reliable recommendation to be made, no consistent supplier or brand. There are many materials available to make your own blend, There are various products that are sold in garden centers, but it's difficult to distinguish what exactly they are made from, even if you read the Thai on the label; the sales persons don't know much about the product. Most are derived from various amounts and mixtures of available raw organic matter, coconut husk, rice hulls, rice straw, partially or fully decomposed, sand and soil. And some are derived from dredged garbage dump sludge that has been dried, screened and sacked. Just ask for "din" (soil) and/ or "pui insee" (compost). mix the two and try that. I have used some sacked din and pui insee products from a local nursery in Samut Prakan for potting soil, one is labeled as worm manure, and mix I them. The mix I create drains well but not too fast, retains soil moisture for a few days, and like Cooked suggests, I fertilize with my own slow release organic fertilizer blend. So far our plants love it. There is a real potting soil product available in Chiang Mai from Natural Agriculture in MaeTaeng, made with their excellent real compost combined with native soil from their organic farm property, but they don't market outside the area and you would have to drive 45 min northeast of Chiang Mai to pick it up in 40 kilo sacks. Or call to see if there is a shop now in Chiang Mai that carries it. They focus on sales by the ton and 10 ton lots to farmers.
  7. Yeah that's what I was thinking; this would have taken time, tools and and materials and some serious pre-meditated intent to kill. You would think someone would notice a disgruntled monk out there hacking or drilling and poisoning trees. But the trees wouldn't necessarily die right away and be noticeable, depending on how deep the girdling (ring-barking) penetrated and how much of the trunk circumference was involved. And also depending on what type of herbicide was used and how it was applied and at what concentration. If a girdling cut is made around the entire circumference, and at a depth to cut off the entire active xylem (the conductive tissue that transports water up the tree) then the foliar brown-out could occur within a few days or up to a month. But often a girdling action is partial and doesn't involve the entire circumference. In that case there can be some limited uptake remaining, and the decline would be slower and may only cause partial die-back. And often the girdling cut is not deep enough to sever the xylem vessels, and only affects the phloem (the conductive tissue just under the bark that transports sugary sap down the trunk to nourish the stem and roots.) In that case the visible effects in the foliar crown and mortality could take up to a year. So a crime like that doesn't produce a bloody corpse and a noticeable crime scene right away, The perp can be long gone before anyone notices their tree is dead. You wouldn't believe how many times I've had diagnosis calls and requests to provide tree forensics for neighbor actions and vandalism that kills a tree. And that was in what's supposed to be a civilized country.
  8. Learn something every day: Did you know a banana is a true berry? i didn't either. So are grapes. But a blueberry is not. Go figure. http://www.madaboutberries.com/types-of-berries.html
  9. Frustration with monk behavior and financial misappropriation,and begging and "jonesing" (I love it) for materialism is one thing, but kind of off topic in my opinion. The news story is about a mass murder in a temple grounds, over a personal issue it appears. Pretty sick behavior on the part of individual who could do that. Not much to do with monk status or buddhist religion or temple politics as far as I'm concerned, just plain insanity. He needs help. Or karmic retribution.
  10. More power too you, you're a better dog trainer than I am. I tried to tell my farm dog to bring home the dead neighbors chicken when he killed one that strayed into our orchard. But he'd just leave it lay, so I had to pay the neighbor 100 baht for the dead trespasser chicken to keep the peace, and I didn't even get to eat it.
  11. Have you used the authentic Japanese technology based EM products.. We have a little water fountain in our garden and I was putting off cleaning it because I thought I would have to net out the fish, drain the water and scrub it. It was getting ridiculous, recirculating pump straining from moving thick green gunk and the sides were thick with algae. I had picked up a liter of EM when I was buying some organic fertilizer components, so I put some EM in the water fountain and within a few days the algae was gone, yes gone, and the water was clear, I could see the bottom for the first time. The fish were energized, brighter colors, hungry and pregnant. The Japanese/Thai company that makes it here in Samut Prakan, contracts for water management at wastewater treatment plants, fish and shrimp farms. They say it clears the water, eliminates odors and pathogens that cause shrimp and fish diseases. They also use it in their "bokashi" organic fertilizer product.
  12. Interesting suggestions, - Hippo? But I'm sure you are serious and also interested in practical and cost effective vegetation management. If you can find an effective biodegradable herbicide it would be less of an issue for environmental contamination and much cheaper than a big labor or equipment project, plus disposal. This type of herbicide won't be nearly as effective or translocate into the root systems for a complete kill, or suppress regrowth like a systemic chemical herbicide would, like RoundUP. There are organic program compatible, biodegradable herbicides available in the US, but haven't tried to find these yet in Thailand. Maybe other members will recognize the active ingredients from the products mentioned in the linked article, if they have seen and used them. Vinegar (acetic acid) may be the most available of these I believe. I don't know if Wood Vinegar would do it, but you can get that and a hand held pump up garden sprayer at Home Pro. And Crossy's observation is so true, you kill the vegetation, now what? Other than physical removal, an EM product (effective microorganisms) may help decompose the residual dead growth and clean the water. http://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=6498
  13. drtreelove

    3D Prostate Cure treatment in China

    I wasn't asking for local medical advise or uninformed scepticism, I have plenty of that available, just asking about experience with this particular Chinese clinic and interesting concept, not only for myself as I age, and yeah pee more often at night, but for friends who have more advanced conditions. You may be surprised at how sophisticated and scientific the combination of modern medicine and traditional Chinese medicine has become in China. All societies have their snake oil and penis enlargement specialists, but then there is the other side of the coin with responsible science and practitioners. With all the respect I have for Western medical science, including 5 years as a paramedic and participating and witnessing life saving miracles, the science is young, only a couple of hundred years old and it's obvious to anyone who is paying attention, one set of research which is adopted by the gullible as the gospel truth, may be dis-proven by the next set of research. It's the same in horticultural science and my profession. I'm 72 and have been very lucky to have maintained reasonable physiological health up until now, in spite of an extreme life style and occupational demands, over 40 years of intense high climbing, technical rigging and tree removal work in big tree country, plus after hours martial arts training and competitions. I finally hung up my climbing gear for good last year at 71 due to orthopedic wear and tear. Through it all, in addition to orthopedic surgeries and chiropractic, Taoist dietary and yogic energy circulation practices, herbal medicine and acupuncture has kept me going. So I'm naturally interested in therapies that consider modern medicine and traditional medicine, without blindly ruling out the validity of either.
  14. How long you been away? https://www.amazon.com/Advanced-704115-Crabgrass-Killer-32-Ounce/dp/B004OEUDLE
  15. I'm curious if anyone has been to this 3D prostate clinic/doctor in China and has feedback, experience to share. 3D Prostate Cure.docx