We "greenified" a slice of land in an urban semi-industrial section of New
York City. Planted a bunch of stuff last fall...shrubs, tomatoes,
eggplant, onions, a couple trees, grass, etc. Huge success...the sun gets
the credit, not us.........this plot gets full sun all day long!!
-Can we compost in some way the weeds we've pulled out?
-Should we prune the russian birch tree that we planted? (we planted it 14
months ago...it's a relatively young tree, but not short...about 12 or 13
feet tall already
-The grass is really dense and luscious green...can we leave it dense and
long?(that's our preference).... or is it neccessary for the health of the
grass to cut it?
Thanx in advance for comments!
Birch trees bleed, any pruning is best done beginning of August and
would be limited to removing dead ,diseased, or damaged branches.
Composting your weeds is good but you might build up quite a supply of
weed seeds in the process.
Grass should be cut in a manner that removes about 1/3 of it's length
You planted tomatoes & eggplant last fall? Are you sure? "Fall", as in
Some weeds, yes. Some weeds, no. Until you have observed the growth habits
of your various weeds, I wouldn't risk composting them. If your compost
system was working perfectly, you might get away with it. But, at this
point, you probably don't know what "working perfectly" means. Time to head
for the NY public library.
Do rats like to eat fresh vegetables? Tall grass might give them a great
place to slink around until you go home for the day.
Last time I looked newbies made many mistakes. These were very easy to
recognize and amend. But us oldies have to wait to realize our
mistakes. Plant too close to our home with a flowering tree that tends
to grow too large for example. Planting a weeping crab apple that
drops fruit into my pond. I can go on and on.
Bill whose first garden was a five foot patch of lily of the valley.
S Jersey USA Zone 5 Shade
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I just noticed (as I have every year for 30 years) that once again, I
should've pinched back the hearty mums so they'd be bushier, and not flop
over when all the flowers open up. You'd think I would've learned by now.
And, why I planted rhubarb 2 feet from the oregano, so it shades the herb is
When I lived there and we planted a vacant lot across the avenue from
our building, it was called keeping a community garden. Sounds a bit
better than "greenified" don't you think?
I weep for the tomatoes and eggplant planted in the fall. How they must
"An urban semi-industrial section of NYC" could be anywhere. In what
neighborhood is the garden?
Many tree problems are associated with the following: They are Case
Troubles in the Rhizosphere
Unhealthy Trees from the Nursery / Improper Planting
Look up "Tree Planting" http://www.treedictionary.com
Improper Mulching - http://home.ccil.org/~treeman/sub3.html
http://www.treedictionary.com/DICT2003/M/ Look up "Mulch"
Improper Fertilization (See A Touch of Chemistry)
Tree Farming and Related Problems
John A. Keslick, Jr.
Beware of so-called tree experts who do not understand tree biology.
Storms, fires, floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions keep reminding us
that we are not the boss.
For the NOVICE:
These books can also be obtained at some libraries. If your library does
not have it, ask them to get it.
For the novice with regards to trees.
WORLD WIDE PRUNING GUIDE
A NEW TREE BIOLOGY.
Modern Arboriculture would be a great book addressing many types of
treatments for trees.
Jeffrey, if you have any questions regarding the care of your trees, feel
free to phone me at 610-864-5251. That's my cell phone number. Remember,
treatments such as lawn treatments, can effect your trees health. Trees are
tough but they have their limits.
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