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Old 10-05-2006, 09:55 AM   #11
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New Hope's beautiful this time of year, Bucky. There's always something going on, too. I haven't been there in years, but I love it. Funny, I lived closer to it when I lived in Jersey than I do now in PA!
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Old 10-05-2006, 10:00 AM   #12
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workin' a double on saturday, then going home and gonna thatch and break the soil under the apple tree (about a 30 foot diameter) and spread some grass seed. also, since it's a pain to try to cut the grass against one side of the foundation of the house, i'm gonna put down a weed barrier and cover it with crushed limestone. a few cu. yds should do it.
Are you going to put a mulch bed under the tree? It's best for the health of the tree to do that (out to the drip line).

I will be doing yard work too. This weekend I need to replant 2 planter beds that we tore out some large overgrown bushes from. This is a great time to plant, as transplants have all winter to grow new roots and will hold up better when the weather gets hot.
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Old 10-05-2006, 10:07 AM   #13
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Want to get the grass cut if I can get my mower mended and it doesn't rain.
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Old 10-05-2006, 10:09 AM   #14
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Want to get the grass cut if I can get my mower mended and it doesn't rain.
I'd let you borrow mine if you lived in the area. Southeast VA?
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Old 10-05-2006, 10:12 AM   #15
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I am in charge of the pedal tractor pull at the Annapolis MO Freedom Fest. We have a little cast iron tractor with a metal sled attached. The kids ride a 50 foot course, and every 10 feet, 2 bricks are set into the sled.

The race is open to 3-6 year olds. Usually, a big 4 year old or little 5 year old wins--the littler ones are not strong enough, and the bigger ones are too long in the leg to get good leverage.

After that, I am going to plant a couple pounds of garlic in the veggie garden, and some flower bulbs in front of the house.

And maybe, just maybe, I will find time to vacuum up some of the dog hair that is windrowing in the corners.
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Old 10-05-2006, 11:33 AM   #16
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sparrowgrass, that sounds like fun!

pab, we love new hope and lambertville. good food, interesting shopping, some fun stuff to do. one time when we stayed at the lambertville inn, i brought my canoe to go fishing in the morning.
i actually made dw ride upstream in my modified canoe (bench seats replaced with low profile beach chairs, cooler installed in the middle as a footrest, trolling motor mounted on the stern) thru the area, under the bridge. she was terribly embarassed as we passed underneath, at about 1/4 mile per hour. tourists waved to us; i thought it was fun. she laughs about it now every time we go over that bridge.
i'm gonna look into upcoming events. they should have some festivals soon.

vagriller, i wasn't planning on mulching. i was trying to grow grass under the drip line of the tree. you see, it's not your ordinary apple tree. it's huge!

my mil planted it about 50 years ago, and it's never been pruned that much.
it's as tall as the roof of our 2 family house. a little over 2 stories. and like i said, the branch spread is about 30 feet, maybe more. it's really a shade tree for the house now, and while the apples (macintosh-like) are edible, most of them go in the mulch, or get fed to my parrots. they're very big this year, bigger than the store's produce, but are a little lumpy and spotty from bugs. i've eaten a few of the larger and blemish free ones with a knife. slicing the apple prevents getting a little green or crunchy brown surprise.

every day from july to october, i have to go around the yard and pick up apples so no one slips on them, they're like ball bearings. and every once in a while, there's a little issac newton thing going on, especially when squirrels chase each other up the tree. i was stupid to put my son's litter box, er, i mean sand box under the tree. he has to wear a helmet if he wants to play in it now.

j/k. i do have to move the sand box to a safer area soon, tho.

i'm going to add top soil to grade the area and cover a few exposed roots, then seed with a shade mix.
i'd like to put a circular bench around the trunk, or a planting bed with stone wall edging, or someting like that.

what does mulching do to help a tree? how deep, and what type of mulch is best? what about root or deep watering?


i'm not much of an arborist. what i plant grows, tree, bush, and shrub-wise so i'm happy with that.
i'm more into growing edible things.

flowers hate me, tho. they just mock me after i spend a lot of time and energy planting them, as they die under the soil...
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Old 10-05-2006, 11:46 AM   #17
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gotta give my 4 year old lab a bath...she stinkin up the house!!

other than that...plenty of beer - bbq - and football!!

ahhh..the life of a single guy! :)
Mugsy, that's exactly what we're doing except we have 2 stinky labs. It's not just 'the life of a single guy!)
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Old 10-05-2006, 12:18 PM   #18
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Working... Plus listening to some workmen working (upstairs flat has a leak in the bathroom - it's being fixed on Saturday and Sunday). Hey ho.

Plus I'll think of you VickiQ.
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Old 10-05-2006, 01:04 PM   #19
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reading back, sorry i missed it vickiq.
you and yours will be in our thoughts, and in our hearts this weekend.
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I'm not sure what our weekend plans are....

I'm sure they will include yard work though, if the rain stays away.
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