Can you suggest any simple, affordable method to conserve water for my 45 mango trees, as I find it difficult to irrigate them during summer?

S. Parthasarathy

Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu

Dig circular trenches around each tree and bury coconut husks (fresh or dried) in them. You can irrigate the water on the buried husks. The husks are ideal for moisture retention. They act as a sponge and absorb the water and release it to the mango trees. You can also try to plant some aloe vera plants (3-4plants) near the stem of the mango trees. The plants play the same role as coconut husks.