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Old 06-16-2012, 04:17 PM   #16
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Yowza, what an improvement!

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Old 10-20-2012, 03:47 PM   #17
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Well its Fall.. The city I live in had a free tree program and it just so happens the mountain laurel was on the list.. I looked up if the roots would be a problem so close to the house and everything I saw said I should be good.. I guess I know what I'm going to do tomorrow..
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Old 10-20-2012, 03:50 PM   #18
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That dual trunk concerns me a bit. I know it sounds dramatic but you might think about losing the angled one. It will have a lot of stress on it as your tree grows and will probably cause you problems later?
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Old 10-20-2012, 03:55 PM   #19
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Well that stinks.. What kind of problems will I have? All the pictures I have seen all have multi trunks for this type of shrub / tree.. Even angled ones..
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Old 10-20-2012, 04:11 PM   #20
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Multiple trunks are common for that type but that angle just looks fairly severe. You may be alright if you are diligent about pruning.

The first haircut should happen right after you plant, by the way.

The first pruning is your chance to get rid of obvious problems like crossing branches, water shoots, dual leaders, etc. that will haunt you later. They are much easier to deal with now with pruning sheers than with a chainsaw in future years.

Pruning a third or so of the top growth will also force energy to the roots which is where you want much of it for now. Be sure and toss some tree planting pellets or timed release fertilizer in your planting hole. And remember the planting hole should be twice as deep and wide as the container? Fill with nice planting mix.

I know it is controversial as to stake a tree or not. But especially if you leave the angled branch for now? I would stake the upright trunk to a solid tree stake and use a figure eight tree tie on it for a year or two at least.
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Old 10-20-2012, 04:58 PM   #21
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Beautiful home!

I have to comment, though. Isn't the mulch line next to the foundation too high?
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Old 10-20-2012, 05:00 PM   #22
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Thanks!!


I read as long as it isn't past the foundation / brick line I should be good.. Is that not the case?
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Old 10-20-2012, 05:24 PM   #23
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Then good luck spotting that termite tunnel heading up...

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Old 10-20-2012, 11:45 PM   #24
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The closes thing I could find on this was a picture from google..

The only thing that concerns me is the other side of my house the grass line is just as close to the brick line..

I'll post a picture of it tomorrow when it is daylight.
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It's probably just my preference (and mild obsession, lol) but succulent plants make a very distinct impact in garden design imo and are SO easy to maintain...

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I've always used the Sunset Western Garden Book for ideas and advice. I think Texas qualifies as Western The climate zones are just slightly different from the USDA and they give tremendous info on each plant. Sunset was where I applied for my first job out of college but they told me to come back with photography and journalism classes/experience. http://www.sunset.com/garden/landsca...ing-ideas/more
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Looks so good!
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I just bought new steel planters from western steel and tube, i can leave them out all winter. I plan on getting more because I like them so much.
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You have a beautiful home, I think you should plant some trees instead of only big ones

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