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Colin Princi

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since Apr 16, 2017
Atascadero, CA 9a
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Does anyone have any recommendations for trees (fruiting, ornamental, etc.) that grow well in areas with lots of shale?  I have an area with quite a bit of shale, lots of shell fossils in it.  I was thinking something with a deeper tap root would be able to break through well.  Looking for something thicker to block the view of the roadway on the other side.
2 years ago
Been thinking of how to situate some swales well.  The whole area is essentially a floodplain with seasonal water flowing (though unpredictable since we are in CA).
2 years ago
Thanks for the info!  Yes I have an elderberry growing up the slope that seems to be very old and is a heavy producer, not sure how it would fare in a partially flooded area though.  Found that the white mulberry grows up to 40' so was thinking it would be a good option.  I'm definitely looking to incorporate raspberry/blackberry as a shrub layer, but looking for something that grows a little taller.
2 years ago
I am looking to develop a break along a side of my land between properties to hide the freeway adjacent to the property next door.  Looking to find something of a fast-growing edible plant that would work well to block out the sound and view of the freeway, while providing produce and hopefully some pleasant flowers as well.  A little bit about the area:

-  Full sun
-  Very good, dark loam which floods during the winter potentially up to a couple feet deep
-  Water table is ~9' during the summer, would be great to have something with a deep tap root and wouldn't need any (or minimal) water in the summer once established
-  Technically in a 9a Zone, but the aforementioned area is at the bottom of a slope, receives a bit cooler air than a typical 9a
-  Length is ~200'

I was considering planting a couple chandler walnuts along the fence line, but worried that it would ultimately root out (I've read they spread up to 150') and minimize my options for other parts of the field.  

Appreciate any suggestions!
2 years ago
Just installed the valves for a system over the weekend, working towards the landscape.  Excited to learn more!
2 years ago
Good point.  Thinking if necessary mix in a little of both.  Put some low chill hr items near structures and keep the others in the more open areas.
2 years ago
I live in an area that does not get below freezing too often, but is very consistent between 32-45 deg in the winter.  I am wondering what the impact is on trees that are good with low chill areas in this area, even if they can withstand frost?  Do trees that need a higher number of chill hours (600-800) grow better?  Obviously, it would need to cross the varietal's threshold for preferable growth.  Though many nurseries advertise the chill hours needed, I haven't come across anything that indicates a ceiling to the hours.  Any thoughts?
2 years ago