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Name: Mike
Hollywood Fl
Waykoolplantz
May 21, 2020 1:54 PM CST
my largest oaks are full of broms...ferns..orchids & i was asked how this is done so i thought id take a shot of Greg K putting some things back up after a windy day
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
May 21, 2020 5:18 PM CST
Oh my. I am not allowed on a ladder that tall since I fell off one with a running chainsaw in my hand
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plantladylin
May 21, 2020 5:56 PM CST
LOL, I should show this to my husband and tell him that he needs to get his extension ladder out because I need him to place a few broms and orchids in some of the oak trees ... I can see the look on his face now. Blinking Actually, he has two extension ladders but I don't think either of them are quite that height. Green Grin!
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Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
May 21, 2020 5:59 PM CST
Gina1960 said:I am not allowed on a ladder that tall since I fell off one, with a running chainsaw in my hand

Blinking Blinking Blinking Gina, that is scary! A couple of years ago I thought my husband had taken part of his hand off with a chain saw but luckily his reflexes are good and he only nicked part of his thumb.

As for me ... I have a thing about heights and I can fall off a step stool.
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
May 21, 2020 6:07 PM CST
I have always been kind of fearless. I would get on the roof and clean gutters, whatever. Then one time I lost my footing and slid off the roof. I had my cell phone but it slid off before me. I was still young enough then to take that....I was not injured. But the time I fell off the ladder with the chainsaw....I was on my 30's. My child was 5/6 years old. I was pruning a viburnum in the back yard and cut a limb that proved to be too heavy for me to handle. I fell off the ladder, into a grove of recently pruned azaleas...it was sheer luck I did not impale myself...and broke my ankle. My 6 year old had to run across the street and hail the neighbor, who drove me to the hospital, where my husband was actually on call, and I had broken my ankle. It was pretty nasty, We were going in vacate to Sanibel Captiva and I had to go in a boot.
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Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
May 21, 2020 6:34 PM CST
Yikes!!

We are in our early 70's and it drives me crazy when I see my husband carrying his shop vac upstairs to the master bedroom, where he climbs out the window onto the roof to vacuum leaves from the gutters!
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
May 21, 2020 6:47 PM CST
Lin Its best NOT to tempt the fates
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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
May 21, 2020 7:27 PM CST
Leaf Gard works, just saying Smiling
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Name: Mike
Hollywood Fl
Waykoolplantz
May 21, 2020 11:51 PM CST
plantladylin said:LOL, I should show this to my husband and tell him that he needs to get his extension ladder out because I need him to place a few broms and orchids in some of the oak trees ... I can see the look on his face now. Blinking Actually, he has two extension ladders but I don't think either of them are quite that height. Green Grin!


We have one even taller...takes 2 to move it
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
May 22, 2020 9:53 AM CST
crawgarden said:Leaf Gard works, just saying Smiling

Our house has lots of angles and there are some sort of wire-mesh? leaf guard thingies around 3 sides of the pitched roof but along the back of the house where the pool enclosure connects to the second story, there's some type of raised metal guard all along the edge of the metal roof. Leaves blow off of the vaulted pool screen but seem to collect along the area between the metal roof and that metal guard. With all the oak trees, the roof sometimes stays damp which is an added danger to anyone climbing around out there, especially an old man! I think he gets it from his mother; she was still climbing onto her roof in her mid 80's! Blinking

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Name: Alice
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ardesia
May 22, 2020 2:19 PM CST
Leaf Guard does not work in all situations, we had them removed shortly after installation because they still clogged up the gutters and they made it difficult to clean them. Just too many trees around that house.
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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
May 22, 2020 6:17 PM CST
Curious what kind of trees? Maybe Pine? We have large oaks on 3 sides.
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Name: Alice
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ardesia
May 23, 2020 5:17 AM CST
Oaks and Loblolly pines.
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Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
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sunkissed
May 24, 2020 10:20 AM CST
Mike, Gregg doesn't look too happy about that job. Grin That is really high up there.

Gina, how scary, you sound like my husband, he makes me nervous when using the chainsaw. My husband gets on the roof to trim the oaks with his chainsaw, and when we park the motor home in the driveway, he climbs up on that to trim the branches. He's over 65. We have a barn style roof, I painted all the trim last year, getting up on the ladder got pretty scary at times at the tall points. We have two friends, both men that fell off the roof lately, one broke both wrist, the other broke his hip, both had to have surgery. I clean my gutters from a ladder on the ground, I don't get on the roof.

We have Amerimax gutter guards from Lowe's, they're still letting in small stuff and making our rain barrel water stink. We're going to take them off and get better guards.
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
May 24, 2020 10:24 AM CST
ardesia said:Oaks and Loblolly pines.


Thinking the problem would be with the pines, we are surrounded by massive oaks

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Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
May 24, 2020 1:42 PM CST
Pine straw can get through anything and we had both massive pines and massive live oaks. Every few years the oaks would have an epic leaf drop and that was always a mess. I was thinking back on how we probably had more than a dozen pines removed over the years but you could not tell any were gone and at least two had diameters of 36". They were too close to the house and too old. The branches were as big around as a regular size tree, when they started falling it was too dangerous to leave the trees.
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Name: Mike
Hollywood Fl
Waykoolplantz
May 24, 2020 11:15 PM CST
sunkissed said:Mike, Gregg doesn't look too happy about that job. Grin That is really high up there.


thats a 'stop for a pic' scowl...Greg K may still have tree climbing genes
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
May 25, 2020 5:10 AM CST
Some people build skyscrapers high in the sky. I would much rather be high in a tree like Greg K.
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Name: Mike
Hollywood Fl
Waykoolplantz
Jul 2, 2020 4:25 PM CST
and once a year i rent a 45' hilift to do serious pre storm season trimming
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Jul 2, 2020 5:33 PM CST
You run that beast on your own???? Brave man
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