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Mystery tree: Do I cut it down?

Scene: yardwork in progress. I notice a tree where no tree has gone before, having sort of popped up in our Rose of Sharon patch. 1. What is it and B. Should I cut it down? It's already 12-15 ft. tall.
posted by pjern on Aug 2, 2014 - 4 answers

My lawn! My perfect lawn! It's... under attack.

So, about a year and a half ago, we bought a house! Awesome. For the first time, I have a back yard and a front yard and a lawn and... stuff, and I don't know, maybe because I'm old and boring now, I've started to give a crap about making my lawn look nice. Something is really starting to piss me off... [more inside]
posted by kbanas on May 11, 2013 - 25 answers

Choosing a dwarf fruit tree for a garden

I have a large container in my back yard that I want to use for a dwarf tree. The container is at least 3 by 3 feet and gets full sun. It's very important that the tree stay short - four feet is best, five feet would be ok. I want to get tasty fruit from it. I want it to stay healthy and require minimal maintenance. Please give me species recommendations and tips. [more inside]
posted by bq on Mar 31, 2013 - 19 answers

Make like a tree and leaf

How do I get rid of a tree? Catch: The tree is already in pieces. [more inside]
posted by xchmp on Aug 22, 2012 - 10 answers

Tree pit mitigation strategies?

Previous homeowners built concrete retaining walls around trees in the backyard, creating large tree pits. How do we fix this? [more inside]
posted by Maarika on Mar 3, 2012 - 8 answers

Green fingered Mefites, how close should I plant a plum tree to my house?

We bought a plum tree, originally to keep in a pot in a patio, that location didn't work out, and now we think that if we take it out of the pot and plant it in the ground it will do better next year. How close to our house can we plant it? [more inside]
posted by foleypt on Nov 20, 2011 - 9 answers

Does this apple pie taste like poison to you?

Help me identify this apple (or apple-looking) tree - and tell me if it will kill me. [more inside]
posted by generichuman on Aug 1, 2011 - 7 answers

Caring for a potted citron tree

I have long-term custody of a potted citron tree that's a year or two old. It seems to be doing OK, but the central stem/trunk doesn't have any leaves at the top of it: Photo of the tree here. Should I prune the top of the trunk? If so, when and how? Is there any other pruning I should be doing at this point in its growth?
posted by rivenwanderer on Mar 7, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me with the proper pruning of a neglected baby pear tree.

I planted a young pear tree about 2 years ago, and neglected to prune it over-winter when you're supposed to. It now looks a bit like a backwards "r" (photographic evidence). Should I prune it now? Or should I wait till winter? And how should I go about pruning it? It seems to have one long central (very bent) trunk and not many side branches at the moment.
posted by handee on Jul 13, 2010 - 2 answers

What kind of tree can I plant that won't give my landlord headaches?

What kind of tree can I plant in southern California that will provide shade (please!) and not annoy my landlord? [more inside]
posted by arnicae on Feb 16, 2010 - 9 answers

How do I grow an olive tree from the fruit of another?

Is it easy to grow an olive tree from the fruit of my current tree? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on Nov 22, 2009 - 7 answers

Sweet and sour

Where can I buy an orange tree in DFW? [more inside]
posted by Gneisskate on Jun 28, 2009 - 4 answers

what are these weird red things?

What the heck are these little red knobs growing on my tree? [more inside]
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 on Jun 12, 2009 - 8 answers

I don't own the land I want to garden on.

Where can I plant a tree if I don't own land? [more inside]
posted by twins named Lugubrious and Salubrious on Sep 26, 2008 - 6 answers

tree in pot in ground

My crazy gardener advised me to cut the bottom off of my avocado tree's pot and put the whole shebang in the ground instead of removing it from the pot. Is he crazy? [more inside]
posted by mzurer on Sep 1, 2008 - 4 answers

Is my Benjamin wet enough?

Do you have a happy Ficus tree? Can you help me water mine? [more inside]
posted by taz on Dec 5, 2007 - 12 answers

Help me grow a greengage tree!

I want to grow a greengage tree. Advice? [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Apr 27, 2007 - 3 answers

Leaning Tree

Leaning Tree Question: A large tree (silver maple...about 20 inch caliper) in my backyard has started to lean towards the house over the last few years. I am afraid that a thunderstorm with strong winds might topple the tree, but it would be a shame to completely cut it down. Anyone have suggestions to straighten it up, or at least make me comfortable that it won't fall?
posted by Benway on Nov 20, 2004 - 5 answers

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