Friday, September 4, 2015

Arms out!

            Have you ever tried standing with your arms straight out from your side and just hold them there for as long as you could; bet you couldn’t last five minutes before they would begin to droop.
Now take a look out your window at the tree in your yard, or that big massive one in the neighbor’s yard; it’s been standing there with its “arms” out from its side for as long as it’s been standing there. The sheer weight alone in some of those branches is sometimes in the tons, yet there they stand; some just as we remembered as a child.
The Hydraulics of a tree branch has yet to be matched by anything man has devised on an architectural scale. We need braces and cantilever supports to just come close to what this tree seems to be doing rather effortlessly; and with kids crawling all over it ta boot.  
But there it is, a “head scratcher” right outside your window.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Hands Off the Burning Bushes

            If you have Burning Bushes now is not a good time to prune them; in fact time has run out for pruning them.

            The Burning Bush as you may know turns red in the fall; it does this only with leaves that have been exposed to sunlight for a number of weeks. People who prune them too late in the season will have removed all these poetical red turning leaves, leaving those that have been shaded by the ones they have just remove, and therefore no red will be seen this fall.

            It is better to do this kind of pruning in the late fall, after they’ve turned red and have fallen off, or early spring.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Creation! How Long Did It Take?

Even among Christians there are differing opinions as to how long it took to create the heavens and the earth; millions of years, thousands of years, six days? So what does the Book we all hold dear say on the subject.

            Genesis 1:11-13
Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning the third day.
            Genesis 1:14-19
Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve to mark the seasons and days and years, and let them be light in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights – the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night…… And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning the forth day.

      I leave you with this thought: Plants can only live without sunlight for around 30 days.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Birds! Getem while they're Hot!

            If you're looking to attract bird, now just may be one of the easiest times to do this. It's going to be hot this week and birds will be hard pressed to locate water anywhere; any water you put out will attract them like ants to a wet sucker.
            The second step in creating this tranquil flora-for-feeding-fowl is to pick a spot in your yard that offers trees or evergreens as a backdrop. Birds are very skittish and won't venture to far from cover. If you don't have such a spot one can be created, but, depending on your tree or evergreen budget, it may take some time to grow up to a size that birds deem as "adequate protection".
            Seeds will be all you need next to keep them after the rains arrive again.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Trees Planted in Clay:

            One of the biggest mistakes in planting in clay is the hole itself. It is typically the toughest, slowest, sweatiest hole you’ll ever dig. Slaving away with a pickaxe all afternoon diminishes your sense of excellence, and you’re so happy to get to the depth and width you need that you forget to gouge up the sides.

           Without some gouges in the sides the tree or plant will quickly become root bound like some of your houseplant purchases of yesteryear. Root bound roots begin to lose their effectiveness as they compete for the limited space in this bowl they are in. As they get bigger they begin to crush one another, thus stopping all above ground growth. The gouges will trap them and force them to continue outward in the the soil.

            Remember, everything is only as good as its foundation. I know chipping through the clay is a tough job; but it’s best to not have planted at all, than to have started only to say “this is good enough” and ending up with a shallow grave for your purchase.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Worms: Feeders & Breathers of the Lawn

A child’s culinary world of exploration would not be complete without them. That smell after a summer shower would be missing something in the air. And fishing off the dock, or from the bank, would be a lesson in futility in the minds of most people if these were not in a little Chinese take-out container beside them. I am of course talking about the worm.

Ah, the worm. One of the, if not the, most important creatures under your sod. Master tunnelers to nowhere in particular they ply their skill of fertilizing your lawn by eating the dirt in front of them, and then leaving it behind them chucked full of goodies for your grass. But that’s not all. Because they remove something from the dirt they munch they don’t leave quite the same amount behind; this makes for little air pockets in their wake, thus aerate the soil as they tunnel.
Plant roots need to breathe as well as take in water. Soil devoid of worms would be soil similar to cement; and soil this compacted could not sustain the plant life we have become accustomed to.
I tell you all this for this next bit of important info; “If you don’t have a visible ‘lawn bug’ problem don’t put down a lawn insecticide!” Doing this also kills the worm population; not to mention the friendly bacteria that is breaking down your dead grass lawn thatch build up.
People think a yearly insecticide application should be thrown into the fertilizer program. Don’t!! Only do it if you have a bug problem! The worm carnage will bite you in the end by turning your beautiful lawn into an extended parking lot off your driveway.
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Wind Breaks

           It was a breezy the night before! But you can cut down on the force of that wind by strategically placing a line of trees where it howls the most. Of course this is planning for the future, both because of size availability and cost.

            Most heavy winds come from the west and north-west direction. Where I live I have a little town that blocks out most of it, and, we’re on the backside of the hill Forest Grove sets on. By the time the tree-snapping gale reaches me from this direction it has slowed down considerably; I feel it from the south and east.

            If I wish to shield myself from the winds in these directions I have a number of options.

            Evergreens will give year-round protection and can be Spruce, Hemlock, White Pine, or Fir trees. They get tall, but also wide; you can chew up 15 feet of your yard, or 30 feet if you decide not to be a jerk and stay 15 feet away from the property line.

            Arborvitaes can almost give the same relief from the wind without taking away so much of your yard. 

            Thujas Arborvitaes grow to 20 to 23 feet with about a ten foot spread. They should be planted 8 feet apart for maximum density.

            The Emerald Arborvitaes grow to 12 to 15 feet with a 5 foot spread, and should be planted 4 feet apart. The Emerald is a denser tree than the Thujas and does a better job as a wind block if you have a ranch style house, but the Thujas does break up the wind higher up if that is your need.

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