My husband and I live in Sayalonga which is in the Costa Del Sol area of Spain. When we first moved to Spain our house was located on a mountainside with a lot of unusable land. We had a contractor come in with a mini digger and terrace the whole property and then we gained a lot of useful land, but there was one problem. We had bad soil erosion in the first heavy rain so I started researching for something to plant with a good root structure. I came upon the Vetiver Grass system. Also known as Chrysopogon Zizanioides. It solved our problem so we planted more and more and then our erosion problems were quickly solved. I have attached a number of links below to show how this grass is helping in many parts of the world not only for soil erosion but also for purifying water systems. There also is a great selection of photos. If you have any questions please contact us at email@example.com
There are many Agricultural Applications for Vetiver
Here are just a few examples
Vetiver is mainly used for controlling erosion as it traps sediment, slows down the flow of water, and allows you to channel the water to where you want it to go. When placed in an inlet where springs or runoff water feeds another body of water it slows down the runoff while filtering the incoming water. It also keeps the valuable top soil that is lost during heavy rain / water movement and keeps fertilizers and other contaminants from entering our precious ground water.
Since Vetiver roots are 3-4 metres deep they absorb and also stores water it increases and maintains soil moisture. In our experience along with others around the world we have discovered that we require less water than we used to prior to introducing Vetiver. This also includes the addition of 250 avocado trees which consume a lot of water.
We have had experience on our property as well as others that had steep inclines that have been cleared and terraced for additional crop production. The Vetiver stops erosion on the newly created terraces and also provides wind protection in the winter for the tender young avocado trees. Out of 250 avocado trees we lost only one from wind damage.
The Spanish Government in 2008 used Vetiver to stabilize farm roads with steep roadside slopes to stop rock slides and mud slides. We have done the same numerous times with great results.
Vetiver actually repairs and protects land, gullies and areas with erosion and landslide potentials.
Vetiver benefits all types of crops through conserving the ground moisture and keeping the valuable top soil in place. It also provides more nutrients from its deep roots system for the various crops which results in better crop growth and harvest yield. Vetiver forms a symbiotic relationship with almost any plant and does not crowd the other plants or trees while helping the symbiotic plant.
Vetiver is sterile and can be trimmed and used as a very nutritious mulch with the added benefit of being an insect repellent. See some of the articles on this page for additional information on increasing productivity.
Vetiver also is beneficial in cleaning sewage, leachate fields left from mining activities, chemical spills, etc.
If you have any questions we are always here to answer them for you, send you photos of projects, trials that we are doing, etc.
For information on the ability of Vetiver to withstand cold temperatures click the link below.
Aguas Buenas Puerto Rico, USA
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A Division of Khus Viveros SL, Spain
3 month old plants grown from single slips in Sayalonga, Spain. They were shipped in from Italy 4 years ago.
Below is an excellent example of a study on the ability of the Vetiver grass to withstand fires. It is an incredibly vibrant grass.
Thanks to Paul Truong and Frank Mason for this information. They are Veticon Consulting in Australia and part of the TVNI team. Paul is the Technical Director of TVNI.
VETIVER USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH GRAPE VINEYARDS TO INCREASE YIELD AND FRUIT SIZE FROM DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD.
All articles courtesy of TVNI and www.vetiver.org Check them out as there is a world of information on their site.
Erosion Control Products
Erosion Control Methods
Plants for Hillside Erosion Control
Vetiver Spain - Erosion Control, Vetiver Grass,
Soil Conservation, Erosion Control Products,
Erosion Control Methods.
Plants for Hillside Erosion Control
Same plants as above on August 19, 2015 with a beautiful (Miracle Tree) Moringa tree in the foreground.
A 3 year old plant that has been cut back every 3 months, dried and then used as mulch, rabbit and horse feed which is high in nutrients. Our rabbits love it. Vetiver is widely used in the Permaculture industry.
We have also discovered that we no longer have issues with mites in our chicken pen and no more ear mite problems with the rabbits. It used to be are year round problem before adding dried Vetiver to the hay in the pens.
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Youtube of an animated version of the system
Links to more useful information:
How to grow Vetiver for the essential oils from their roots for many different purposes in many different ways. Clickhere for the PDF file from www.vetiver.org.
VETIVER USED TO INCREASE CROP PRODUCTIONS AROUND THE WORLD.
This is only one link. Credit goes to TVNI. Click Ethiopia This is only one of many links, too many articles, examples and YouTubes to list here.
For more information on increasing crop production, search here.
Another great article by TVNI about crop yield increases using Vetiver.
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Also from Agriflora here is a link to an article about the
Here is an article from Farmer's Weekly in South Africa where Vetiver has been used for years.