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Thursday, January 19, 2017

country n news-a tree story

since i started doing the landscape for
the williamson county habitat for humanity a few years ago
i have developed a network of landscape suppliers and
nurseries that provide me supplies and plants at reduced rates

one nursery actually gives me plants
whenever they clear out stock getting ready for the next
they call me and offer me plants

the nursery is
mcintires nursery in georgetown texas

they have given me several plants and trees over the
last few years that i have planted at various habitat
homes in the area

this time they called me
i have this large weeping yaupon holly that i would
like to give you

i went over to see it
a beautiful tree
covered in red berries
fifteen feet tall
price on the container $199
why not $200 i dont know

now this tree is
xeric which means it doesnt need much water
native which means it was genetically programmed
to live here naturally
eventually not really needing much care once it is established

now the cities around here require more landscaping
than they did a few years ago
good for the homeowner
i noticed that if you dont want all the plants they require
you still have to plant them

one owner i landscaped for didnt want anything but grass
no trees no shrubs no beds
thats what we did
all she does is have a neighbor mow the grass regularly
shes done

some cities wont let you do that
i will admit i have planted stuff
then later the homeowner with my help
removed them

so this home will have to have
2 trees that are 2 inches in diameter
from a list they provided
granted that list doesnt have the trash trees on it
that plaques many a homeowner 25 years later
in the older established neighborhoods

in fact this home had an arizona ash
a notorious trash tree planted by developers
since they grow fast and are cheaper
problem is that
they die
the new homeowner has to eventually one day
cut them down
i guess the new rules are good ones

we cut this arizona ash down and removed the stump

we will add to the front yard either a
live oak
monterey white oak
cedar elm

it will eventually completely shade the front yard
years from now
the tree will probably outlive the house

thats the right way to do things

this yaupon that we planted
thanks to the new homeowners son who dug the deep hole
my wife she for helping me on a recent muddy wet day
to plant it
is about as tall as it will get
the limbs unlike the regular yaupon
will weep
much like a weeping willow does
all covered with red berries in the fall and winter
it will be a beautiful beautiful plant

now we are awaiting the sidewalk and driveway completion
so  we can finish the shrub bed in the front of the house
using left over rock work from the rocking of the house
the bricker always gives us the left over rock

this tree is here thanks to
mcintires nursery
the new homeowners son
my wife shes help
the bricklayer

the organicgreen doctor

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