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Name: Anna
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canadanna
Feb 25, 2013 10:21 PM CST
My son just bought a house in East Austin. It has 2 chinaberry trees and not much else. Are they undesirable?
If he is patient enough, I will help him with the garden. Any suggestions for a some evergreen shrubs ~10 feet to place along the fence for privacy? It is full sun.
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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Feb 25, 2013 11:18 PM CST
Some people may consider chinaberry desirable but it is an invasive species.
http://www.texasinvasives.org/plant_database/detail.php?symb...
wildflowersoftexas.com
texasnatureonline.com


Name: Sandi
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Feb 26, 2013 8:43 AM CST

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Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
Feb 26, 2013 8:55 AM CST
Thankyou! I am very excited that I can plant some of the tenders in my area like bulbine and batface cuphea. I plan on using his garden as my "vault".Ha Ha don't tell him!
I suggested that maybe he can get a professional to make a plan for him since my method is plant and then move. Any suggestions on designers?
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Feb 26, 2013 9:13 AM CST

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Pam Pennick has a blog and is a designer....might be expensive!

Linda Wall works at The Natural Gardener and does consulting. She charges by the hour (seems very reasonable) and is knowledgeable about our funky Austin dirts. She has a blog, http://www.theredneckhippie.com/ that'll lead you to her consulting business. We had her speak at our garden club about growing tomatoes from seed. She's great. If you go to her blog, scroll down past her instructions for making a raised bed to the Jan. 27th entry. She posted about her presentation at our garden club. We loved her!!!

Check out some of the Austin gardening blogs too. Central Tx Gardening has a website and lists gardening blogs. Some of these are also consultants.
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
Feb 27, 2013 9:43 PM CST
I knew you would be helpful, Sandi. Thanks!
Name: Carey
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careyana
Mar 1, 2013 8:24 PM CST
I'd cut down the chinaberry in my yard if I thought that would make it go away! Unfortunately, it's one of the few shade trees in my yard though.

Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
Mar 2, 2013 7:21 AM CST
Yes. Looks like an expensive procedure to get the whole root system out
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Mar 2, 2013 8:19 AM CST

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I wouldn't cut down a shade tree in this heat and drought until I had something to replace it....even if it's a chinaberry. Ask the Travis County Extension ofc. to send a recommended list of trees.
Name: Anna
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canadanna
Mar 24, 2013 9:08 AM CST
I am thinking of making a lasagna garden. Is there a place to get leaves?
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Mar 24, 2013 9:43 AM CST

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Oak leaves?
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
Mar 24, 2013 9:08 PM CST
Sure, but not live oak with all those acorns
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Mar 24, 2013 9:34 PM CST

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The acorns fall in fall.

We all have oak leaves falling. The wind has been terrific. You just need to ride around and pick up the bags on garbage days.

I can't guarantee that there aren't any stray acorns, though. Seems there's always a few nuts around! Whistling
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
Mar 25, 2013 10:52 PM CST
Didn't you once tell me it was illegal to take anything from the "garbage" in Austin ?
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Mar 26, 2013 6:43 AM CST

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Yep! You have to live on the edge sometimes!
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mcash70
Mar 26, 2013 2:35 PM CST
Bubbles said:Yep! You have to live on the edge sometimes!


Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
Mar 27, 2013 10:15 PM CST
Hurray! Sandi, the rules were made for you to break!
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Mar 28, 2013 9:04 AM CST

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We live in the county. One stop light over is the city. Perfectly legal to pilfer leaves out here.
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
Mar 28, 2013 10:34 PM CST
Ok...I coming over to get some of your stash!
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Mar 30, 2013 10:22 AM CST

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Tuesday is pick-up out here, so Monday night is always good. Are you in Austin this weekend?

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