Judith Browning

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Living in a small rural town after forty years in the woods......
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We settled similar issues with a nice board fence.
Our problem was neighborhood mowers who thought they were 'helping' and when asked politely not to mow on our property were offended.
The fence also solved the loose dog problem...it's wonderful what a physical boundary like that will do for peace of mind and comfort working in the yard.  

We also had the visitor parking overflow from the neighbors for awhile and that was solved by long 6"X6" cedar beams on concrete blocks as a boundary...not permanent but gave them a clear edge to our driveway.

We have the blessing of the city to do what we like landscape wise on the verge between the street and our fence so I have roses climbing over the fence and a few other things and we let the grasses there grow long and then scythe them for the gardens.

I've considered signs and tire damage and all sorts of (mean ) things but in the end I think a substantial and pretty fence is most effective.  

Unless your neighbor's are totally unreasonable they will respect it.
1 week ago
There is a lot more damage appearing.  
Fortunately,so far, the worst is an the young silver maples.  
I was counting on them for future shade but they pop up everywhere and grow fairly fast so maybe by the next 13 year cycle more will be large enough to withstand the egg laying.

Apple, peach and hazelnut damage also but not fig, persimmon or elderflower and not much on the pears.

After the slits made to deposit the eggs it appears the larvae burst the bark even more (or eat a bit?) before falling to the ground.

This photo is of branches I pruned from a young maple at different stages of deterioration.
The left hand ones are farther along where the bark is split almost continuously.
1 week ago
Nice choice of color!
I always thought comic strip art could be fun for kids, manually or digitally produced...story oriented might cover a lot of learning opportunities?

When I was an art major in college all I was interested in was abstract and  avant-garde stuff...in the long run realistic practice with a pencil would have given me a much better foundation for any direction I wanted to go...but where's the fun in that at 18yrs old  

I hope at what ever age your son is finding enjoyment in his creative outlets.
1 week ago
Well yes, we have crowded sisters also
First time growing corn and we had a lot of rabbit poop so everybodies happy, too happy maybe?
Hoping the beans find their way out!
2 weeks ago
Thanks for reviving this thread Derek!
That's an excellent display...beautiful colors!

2 weeks ago
I love pergolas!

...wondering what is 'green treated'?
3 weeks ago
May, I haven't noticed any caterpillars on my butterfly weed...it's just starting to bloom and the lone survivor from a pkt of seed.  Had not thought about moving the caterpillars to the common milkweed.  Great idea as the common is running rampent and looks as though I'll be needing to control its spread some.

My butterfly weed is one large clump and has been blooming for a few years now...I wonder if I can divide it?

What other milkweeds do you grow?
Whorled is native here but I haven't tried to grow it in our yard and gardens.
3 weeks ago
Hi Timothy!
The closest, and the one I suspect, is a very large crepe myrtle...one of the lovely thick twisty trunked ones and the other is a very large redbud....then bordering on the opposite side of this bed is a walkway with a pergola covered in wisteria whose main trunk is on the far side of that.
I don't think these fine roots are wisteria although I don't really trust it from past experience.
I don't think any of them are allelopathic?

We do yardwork for a friend here in town.  Most is maintaining already established perennial plantings and then filling two large raised beds (3' tall) with flowers and greens.

The challenging areas are those ground level beds near trees where the fine tree roots grow up into that soil making it difficult to establish things.

Lemon balm is doing ok there and orris root iris, some valerian, but other than that things don't thrive.
I've tried thyme and oregano, strawberries...a few other things and they soon die.
Bugle weed looks like it's going to make it.
I'm looking for more perennials mostly that might spread.

It's semi shady as is most of the yard.

What do folks do when establishing a 'forest garden' or any garden areas near large trees?

I think additional soil would only be infiltrated by roots in time also?

We aren't going to be using cardboard or any other weed barriers.

I'm there about once a week so things do get watered until established but I think the tree roots are using more water and nutrients than I can keep up with.
And the fritillaries love the milkweed flowers also.

Their caterpillars feed on passionflower vine though.  
Will have to check on them soon.
3 weeks ago