I have a neighbor that dug a trench from his driveway that spills into my
yard for water run off. This creates a puddle about 6 feet in diameter in
my yard. I would like to plant a sycamore there. I have one growing on a
ditch bank, however, it is much to large to transplant. I would like to
know how to take a cutting from the existing tree and put it in that spot.
I understand they are good drinkers. I am located in Southeastern Virginia,
Laura in Virginia
Firstoff, your neighbor cannot change the drainage and impact your lot like
that. Talk to him first and let him know that you don't appreciate him
making drainage issues for you and would he please find another solution
that doesn't impact you. If he isn't agreeable, then it's time to involve
codes enforcement and engineers.
Secondly, if you have a sycamore tree anywhere, you probably have thousands
of seedlings coming up that are just fine to transplant--if you dare.
Sycamore trees are great trees away from dwellings off in a field somewhere
where their size can be appreciated and the trash they generate won't be a
problem. They have weak wood that is constantly being knocked off by
storms, huge leaves that blow about and get everywhere, make seedballs that
shatter and scatter their seeds everywhere, and as a consequence, make
seedlings *everywhere*. The only tree thats worse is a silver maple. You
might as well plant a willow as plant a sycamore, but at least a willow has
small leaves that don't blow around.
MS 7b--still yanking out a hundred sycamore seedlings daily.
I wouldn't mind some runoff, except maybe in the spring, when the road
salt mixes with it (I would prefer his roof runoff :) ).
A great salt-tolerant bush would be a northern bayberry, although I
think you're in its southern-most section....perhaps a wax myrtle? I
don't know if they have the same salt tolerance.
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