Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum: no more covering the beds to keep leaves & seeds out

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Name: Kate
NEKingdom of Vermont (Zone 3a)
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LabourofLove
Jun 6, 2015 6:57 PM CST
So, I finally bit the bullet and had the bane of my existence black locust removed. It was quite a project as there were powerlines and roads on two sides and all of my raised beds full of semps on a third side.

I cannot tell you how happy I am to have that tree gone. I kept a tall stump for a table - it's the tree I've planted so many semps around. Just couldn't face losing that look. NOW, no more covering and uncovering the beds Fall and Spring. No more repairing the shadecloth covers EVERY year. Bonus - more sun on the beds.
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in the beginning

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first day

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day 2, almost gone

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ding, dong: the witch is dead

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they came back a third day and cut the stump level for me

Painted the stump with 41% gly (black locusts are notorious sprouters). So far, no sprouts except from the disturbed roots. Oh, yes, it was pricey, but worth every penny. My tree guys are all powerline certified and insured - so no worries on those accounts.

Kate Kennedy Butler
Glover, Vermont

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chelle
Jun 6, 2015 8:04 PM CST
Wowsers...what a job! Those guys are good! Hurray! I don't see any debris in your beds at all.
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Name: Kate
NEKingdom of Vermont (Zone 3a)
www.LabourofLoveLandscaping.com
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LabourofLove
Jun 7, 2015 7:27 AM CST
There was a fair amount of small stuff (less than 2' long), but I pick it out as I see it. Just a few wheelbarrows full of small debris and A LOT of wood chips and sawdust.
Kate Kennedy Butler
Glover, Vermont

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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jun 7, 2015 8:51 AM CST

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Wow Kate, I think I hear the semps singing and cheering. That was a huge undertaking. And a large chunk off of your fall chore list.
Congratulations. Hurray!
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Lilydaydreamer
Jun 7, 2015 9:29 AM CST
Congrats on defeating your nemesis!
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Name: Kevin Vaughn
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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Jun 7, 2015 11:34 AM CST
Kate,

Wow that was a tree and a half. I know you'll be MUCH happier. My problem is Douglas fir debris. You wouldn't think an evergreen would be a problem but it is CONSTANTLY sending out some sort of debris: needles, branches, cones! Always something! Anyway I FEEL your former pain!

Kevin

Name: Kate
NEKingdom of Vermont (Zone 3a)
www.LabourofLoveLandscaping.com
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant and/or Seed Trader Sempervivums Tropicals Garden Ideas: Level 1
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LabourofLove
Jun 7, 2015 6:12 PM CST
The defining moment for me was when the tree dropped a 4" branch that was 8' long on top of one of the semp beds. It was big enough to've killed someone if it'd hit them. As it was, it broke 2 signs and speared some semps. Luckily, it was an area where I had a lot of them.
Kate Kennedy Butler
Glover, Vermont

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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jun 7, 2015 6:24 PM CST

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An almost harmless warning sign that the tree must come down. Thumbs up

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