[CQ-Contest] RE: [Towertalk] dead grass
Leigh S. Jones, KR6X
kr6x at kr6x.com
Mon Jul 1 15:35:49 EDT 2002
This is usually accompanied by a "moisture barrier" presented by the
concrete base. Often it is enough to take care to water a little more
around the tower. When the concrete's "base" meets the soils "acid"
the result is salt, which can damage some vegetation even if
neutralized. In this case, extra watering is the answer.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bob, N5RP" <N5RP at pdq.net>
To: "Dale L Martin" <kg5u at hal-pc.org>
Cc: <k1ttt at arrl.net>; <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Sunday, June 30, 2002 08:40
Subject: [CQ-Contest] RE: [Towertalk] dead grass
> > > > Is there something that leaches off older towers that kills grass?
> > > > I
> > > > don't remember it happening the first 10 years or so, but now on my
> > > > older towers I have been noticing that the grass is being killed off
> > > > on
> > > > the downhill side. These are all rohn 25/45/55 type towers. Is
> > > > there
> > > > something to stop it??
> Alkalinity from the older concrete leaches out into the yard.
> You do not notice this at first. It takes a while for the leaching to have
> an adverse affect on the surrounding plants that might need a more acid
> soil condition.
> Apply acidifier to the surrounding soil.
> Same thing happens down here in the Southern USA to azaleas planted too
> close to concrete foundations of houses.
> The list is free to be surprised at this being one of my few sincere posts
> with a content of substance.
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> Bob Perring
> Amateur Radio Station N5RP
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