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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.
Where do you like to buy compost and plants?
Feb 25, 2013 11:18 PM CST
|Some people may consider chinaberry desirable but it is an invasive species.|
Feb 26, 2013 8:43 AM CST
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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?
Feb 26, 2013 9:13 AM CST
|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.co... 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.
Feb 27, 2013 9:43 PM CST
|I knew you would be helpful, Sandi. Thanks!|
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. |
Mar 2, 2013 7:21 AM CST
|Yes. Looks like an expensive procedure to get the whole root system out|
Mar 2, 2013 8:19 AM CST
|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.|
Mar 24, 2013 9:08 AM CST
|I am thinking of making a lasagna garden. Is there a place to get leaves?|
Mar 24, 2013 9:43 AM CST
Mar 24, 2013 9:08 PM CST
|Sure, but not live oak with all those acorns|
Mar 24, 2013 9:34 PM CST
|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!
Mar 25, 2013 10:52 PM CST
|Didn't you once tell me it was illegal to take anything from the "garbage" in Austin ?|
Mar 26, 2013 6:43 AM CST
|Yep! You have to live on the edge sometimes!|
Mar 26, 2013 2:35 PM CST
Bubbles said:Yep! You have to live on the edge sometimes!
Mar 27, 2013 10:15 PM CST
|Sandi, the rules were made for you to break!|
Mar 28, 2013 9:04 AM CST
|We live in the county. One stop light over is the city. Perfectly legal to pilfer leaves out here.|
Mar 28, 2013 10:34 PM CST
|Ok...I coming over to get some of your stash!|
Mar 30, 2013 10:22 AM CST
|Tuesday is pick-up out here, so Monday night is always good. Are you in Austin this weekend?|