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  1. Re: How do you keep weeds growing under trees in the backyard with several trees

    ...but will also compete with the trees for nutrients and water.
  2. Re: how to prune 22 yr old bushes next to house

    It will be very difficult to make these smaller without damaging them. All three of these species will be damaged if cut back too far. They don't readily sprout from old wood, but do so somewhat. You...
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    As an arborist, I would go with the sledgehammer. The cutoff saw will damage roots - no doubt. Tree roots exist in the upper 12" of soil, with many right at the surface. This tree cannot afford to...
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    Re: Replanting shrubs under existing tree

    You can cut the hollies down to ground level so you don't have to disturb the root zone of the oak. You can cover the stumps with the mulch that should already be covering the root zone. As for...
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    Re: Stump removal, replanting

    "Anyhow, I intend to try and dig at least some significant portion of this old giant out and try to replant a tree in its place or very nearby if I can. Any recommendations on that?"

    I'd recommend...
  6. Re: dying grass under pine trees Central New Jersey

    Why do you need to remove the needles? They're providing free mulch for you.
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    Re: Ammendments for clay soil?

    A.Spruce - Check out "Problems asssociated with improper mulching" here
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    Re: Peach Tree Care

    Keep the tree well mulched throughout the year (4" deep, not against the trunk). For fungal control, rake and dispose of all leaves. You can apply Bourdeaux mixture several times in the spring (it's...
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    Re: Ammendments for clay soil?

    I agree with the organic matter comments. Also - don't forget to mulch everything you plant. For that matter, mulch the whole lot - don't plant grass at all! Just remember, mulch no deeper than 4"...
  10. Re: Need to get control of weeds... ground cover?

    Landscape fabric works very well. Hold it in place with landscape staples. Only cut in places where you need to get around established plants. Top with a layer of organic mulch (pine bark, etc.).
  11. Re: How do you keep weeds growing under trees in the backyard with several trees

    Mulch. No deeper than 4" Any kind will do.
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    Re: Arborvitae Browning?

    I suspect they have been planted too deeply. Check out http://www.treesaregood.com/treecare/tree_planting.aspx for correct planting methods.
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    Re: Tree Swing - no limbs?

    For a tire swing, have an arborist install a cable between two of the trees. They should be able to also install a clamp-on eye to hang the swing from.

    If you want a regular swing, they can...
  14. Thread: wash out

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    Re: wash out

    You can use staked erosion mats under the mulch. You can get mats that are entirely biodegradable.

    If you have one spot that is continually washed out, consider installing a drain pipe under the...
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    Re: Eastern Redbud Tree Pruning

    The good news is that your redbud will not grow that large, so crossing and rubbing limbs will not have too big of an effect on the tree. However, the rubbing can cause decay and weak spots in the...
  16. Thread: tree design

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    Re: tree design

    Keep in mind the mature size of whatever you plant. A good idea might be to space the trees according to their mature size, then plant other smaller shrubs in between to fill in the space.

    Have...
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    Poll: Re: Tree not Growing????

    Check the depth of planting - I'll bet it's too deep. Find the root flare (the place where the first major roots originate from the trunk). This is the level to which it should be planted.

    If it...
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    Re: Dead tree, good wood. Can I get it milled?

    A tree service may be able to help. They would need a log loader (a ~30' truck-mounted grapple), and the tree needs to be accessible to the loader. They would probably charge an extra fee to...
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    Re: New Expansion Tank/T&P Valve Still Leaking

    Thanks ****hiller - good diagnostics!

    The pressure only rose in the system after several hours, so I didn't see it initially. I turned the water heater and the cold supply to it off and left it...
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    Re: New Expansion Tank/T&P Valve Still Leaking

    Nope. There are no other heat or pressure producing appliances hooked up to the water line.

    It sounds like the options here are to either:

    1. Get a new water heater to eliminate the...
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    Re: New Expansion Tank/T&P Valve Still Leaking

    I'll give them a call.

    The tank is connected via a braided hose to a tee fitting on the colds side. The tank sits atop the cabinet in the bathroom. I can pick it up to see whether it is full or...
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    Re: New Expansion Tank/T&P Valve Still Leaking

    We haven't noticed any scalding hot water. I'll check the temp with a thermometer tomorrow. Is there a way the heater is staying on and increasing the pressure, but not the water temperature?

    I...
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    Re: New Expansion Tank/T&P Valve Still Leaking

    I put the pressure gauge on an outdoor spigot (cold only).

    The pressure is being built up throughout the whole system, not just in the WH and the hot water lines. Opening any faucet, hot or cold,...
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    Re: Tree Root Take-over

    A stump grinder may work, but chasing roots all over your yard can get very expensive if you hire someone, and the rental types of stump grinders are very slow and tedious to use. Both ways will...
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    Re: New Expansion Tank/T&P Valve Still Leaking

    The incoming pressure into the house is 40 psi. It builds to 140 when the WH is on and the cold water supply to the WH is on. The pressure reducer should be OK.

    This isn't something I would go to...
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