If you watched this old house this weekend you noticed that because of
environmentalists you can't even kill the poison ivy on your own
property any more. Are thay kidding? I'm not sure what state they are
working in; Mass maybe; but it's probably coming to your state.
I think I'll go dig up some lady slippers in protest.
Simple job, assist the assistant of the physicist.
On Mon, 08 Nov 2010 12:36:31 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I watched it -- the post is incomplete at best, untruthful at worst.
Most people, in most places, can still remove poison ivy from their
This particular house is on bank of the Charles River near Boston (so
yes, Mass.) with a 100 or 200 foot zone from the river's edge that has
very restrictred usage. This segment was with an "urban ecologist"
about the native and non-native species and landscape planning. These
particular people, with this particular property, can't remove the ivy
from that particular section *right now*, but will need to submit a
request to the conservation authority, and will likely be approved to
do that (but not, for example, to rip out all vegetation and pave or
plant a lawn to the river's edge).
But it's more fun to make outrageous claims, isn't it?
truth is if you are not denuding the area, there is nothing stopping
you from doing property maintenance anywhere. PI is not wetland
vegetation. Pulling up a few random vines will not result in a summons
An episode number would help- they don't run on the same day or in the
same order in all areas. My local PBS stuffs them in around the edges,
sometimes in apparently random order. I just tell the DVR to grab all
new episodes, and every few months when I have a slow day, watch them in
order. (FF'ing through the boring parts like the visits to interior
designers and kitchen shops.)
Turns out the PARTICULAR house in the episode is on the banks of the
Charles River, and they need a wetlands permit to do anything on that
part of their property. That's nothing new, or worthy of
mouth-breathing false outrage. Wetlands issues have been around for a
very long time. It's a GOOD thing there are regulations to prevent
people from intentionally or unintentionally damaging wetlands.
Howzabout a midnight planting of several hundred PI plants on big-wig
environmentalist's properties. Concentrate on their gardens,
decorative flower beds close to the house, and around heavy traffic
areas. Then, do stake-out and get photos of illegal immigrant
gardners eradicating plants.
I never watch. Haven't for many years. I quit watching when they stopped
doing projects that real people might choose to do. Very few real people are
willing to drop 500K or more into a renovation even if they are getting some
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I mostly agree with you- that is why I don't bother to hunt it down real
time any more. But even as 'this old mansion', they sometimes have
interesting segments between the product plugs and SWMBO-bait decorating
and kitchen segments. DVR is great for that- I can FF through the boring
parts. Norm may be an expert machinist that happens to work in wood, but
the stuff he does has little application to those of us without a
cabinetry woodshop. OTOH, the segments with Tommy Silva showing how to
reframe something or whatever are very good- he reminds me of some of
the old coot master carpenters that used to work for my father. Crusty,
but if you showed the right attitude, great teachers. I wish I could
find somebody with half his skills (that worked cheap, of course) to
hire around here, for the stuff I'll never get around to.
As another poster noted, you're correct. What you omitted is that the house
was by a waterway in a flood plain and the poison ivy was in what the local
conservation commission calls a "buffer zone." Apparently you can remove
invasives without permission but native species, even the horribly agressive
wild grape and itching king, poison ivy are both untouchable within 100' of
the river. How anyone would ever see me dribbling Roundup from a squeeze
bottle in the late evening is beyond me, but those are apparently the
rules - poison ivy must stay, at least near the waterway. As neat as I
think it might me, you probably wouldn't catch me living along a river bank
now that we're seeing 12" of rain in one day in my area. Gawd, if that had
been snow we would still be digging.
Auburndale Project, Part 5 of 16
Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 1:30pm ET (check local listings)
Master carpenter Norm Abram meets homeowner Allison Sharma to review
progress and see the new front entry and framed up kitchen. At the garage,
he helps general contractor Tom Silva turn the flat roof into a pitched roof
with the help of some prefabricated trusses. Kitchen designer Donna Venegas
and homeowner Raveen Sharma review the layout of the new kitchen with the
help of a paper mock-up. In the backyard, landscape contractor Roger Cook
and urban ecologist Peter DelTredici [this is the segment about poison ivy -
RG] show host Kevin O'Connor the native and non-native species taking over
the flood plain. Norm and Tom review the layout for the new back deck and
walkways and get to work setting 12 new footings to support them. Later,
they frame up the floor of the new sunroom using engineered lumber.
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