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Georgia Gardening: Help for a *Living Fence/Screen*

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DustyDS
Sugar Valley, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 11, 2009
5:33 PM

Post #7051720

I need some down Home advice on some type of tree/shrub that will be very fast growing, dense, and hopefully get up over 10 feet + tall...Taller is even better...

I looked at Russian Olive and Siberian Elm...Both are hardy in this zone...I am not all that fond of Arborvitae, and I don't want Juniper or Cedar on that north fence...

Anyone have any other ideas or suggestions??
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 11, 2009
11:20 PM

Post #7052861

Burford holly. It might take some research to find Burfords, but worth the effort. Mine have created a perfect screen, are 99% maintenance free and cardinals love the berries. What could be more perfect? I've got hedgerows of Burford in Atlanta if you'd like to try cuttings. You can come and look at them in place at two locations. LMK. Nellie Foster, another holly, has become more popular and more available in recent years. I have four, ten year old Nellies, in pots on our decks. It's smaller leaved, conical and more formal looking. Though the nurseries push these for hedging, I think they are better suited as single specimen plants, unless you want a sideyard that looks like a holly version of a picket fence.

There are hedging-type Euonymous, but they are not low temp reliable and more susceptible to bugs and mildews in hot weather.

Please don't let anyone talk you into Leyland cypress. For a hundred reasons as to why not, just Google. I try not to be opinionated on DG, but Leyland cypress, and crepe myrtles are plants that should be banned from GA.. Lawns, with real grass (as opposed to anything that voluntarily sprouts and pretends it is grass, are on my list too. Okay, now I've been contentious and might raise some comment. Still, I'm standing fast.
L
DustyDS
Sugar Valley, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 12, 2009
12:21 AM

Post #7053169

Hi Laurel...I did see those Hollys...That Nellie is said to grow taller than the Burford...Thank you for the recommendation...I need something to completely screen the lot next door...In 4 years, I could have 15 feet of screen...that would be ideal!! I found liners at $1.75 for a quantity of 10 to 49...What would be an ideal planting space for those?

JudyinGA

JudyinGA
Newnan, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 12, 2009
5:01 AM

Post #7054239

Dusty,
I'm looking to do the same thing. Grow a thick hedge in a short time and I am considering eleagnus or Silver Berry. The nursery owner where I do most of my shopping says they are tough as nails, fast growing, and virtually maintenance free. She says they use them on freeways because they are so tough. There is a hedge of it on the divided highway between Fairburn and Peachtree City and it is HUGE, THICK and very attractive. I live in Newnan just south of Atlanta.

Here's some information which you may find helpful.

http://www.floridata.com/ref/E/elaeag_p.cfm

If anyone has any negatives about this shrub, please tell me.

Judy
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 12, 2009
11:10 PM

Post #7056751

Dusty, I don't understand your last few sentences. What are liners? I like the Burfords best because they have been completely maintenance free for the ten years we have had our hedgerow planted. The Nellies are not as easy and I'm surprised to hear they get taller than Burford. We originally planted seven, 6' tall, balled and burlaped Burfords, six feet apart (recommended space) behind an eight foot high stone retaining wall. So, we are looking up at them in our driveway. They touched by year four or five and were about nine feet tall then. I like that they are very full on the bottom as well as the top (since I'm ;looking up at them in my driveway). Though not on the list of fastest growing, they have been an absolute no-brainer regarding care. They were expensive, but worth it.

I don't care for Silver Berry. Notice half its common names include "thorny". The thorns are huge and fierce. It sends out long shoots with ever increasing thorns for you to deal with all growing season. We had them at our first home and, aside from attracting mealy bugs and spider mites, they were difficult to eradicate. If I remember correctly, there were also issues with rust on this plant. They needed to be pruned almost as often as the lawn needed mowing.
girlgroupgirl

September 12, 2009
11:39 PM

Post #7056875

I'm adding some eleganus to my garden in the next little while. Many cultivars have edible berries, and yes, they are thorny which is what attracts me personally. I gotta have some security here in this part of the city :)
Autumn Olive is considered an invasive and is on the Georgia Invasives list. http://www.gainvasives.org/gaweeds.cfm

ELAEAGNUS UMBELLATA is the Goumi, and is edible and not considered invasive.

I have a question for Maypop - what about Fosters Holly? I need a holly here for the background of my garden near the fence, and I want THORNS. I am looking for tall and narrower in circumference. I don't know much about holly cultivars, but I know Fosters isn't too wide in growth. Any opinions?

GGG
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 13, 2009
1:46 AM

Post #7057430

I'm far from a holly expert here, so I'm hoping others will give input. Seems that years ago there were Fosters and Buford (Burford is the way I learned it). I like the Buford for it's fat, succulent leaves. Then Nellie became popular. A conical holly, such as Nellie or Fosters, that grows to thirty feet might take on a strange shape if you need to top it at ten or fifteen feet. If I was living in the middle of the city I'd look around and see what holly cultivars look best. My potted Nellies have leaves that are too small to create the dense hedge being discussed. In addition, they tend to drop all their leaves if too wet or too dry. Maybe they'd do better in the ground. They are also ten years old and get re-potted every three years.
DustyDS
Sugar Valley, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 13, 2009
11:59 PM

Post #7060570

Laurel...I am inclined to go with you on the Burfords...I think that is going to be my choice...I dunno why they call them liners... but they are new saplings shipped at about 8-10 inches tall...

Here is the link to the nursery...

http://www.sunsetgrowers.com/burfordholly.php
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 14, 2009
12:19 AM

Post #7060658

Dusty, how much length of hedgerow do you want and what is your budget? IMO these are too small to consider. If you have a short span that needs immediate coverage, and can then run "liners", that might work. Otherwise, you'll be looking at cute sticks, no hedge, for years. Most other plant options will afford you the same result. Sadly, you just can't shove some sticks in the ground and have instant Eden. That's the way we got sold on kudzu, right? Though it wore some enamel off my teeth, I think I paid about eighty five bucks a piece for those hollies. Well worth it, but believe me, I'd not remember ten years back if it didn't pinch.

BTW, I'm offering you liner size cuttings for free. Save your money. Digger, a DG, GA gardener, is very adept with shrub propagation. Perhaps she can help. She tends to wander elsewhere here at Dave's. LMK I'll be happy to photo what I've got when in Atlanta.
L
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

September 14, 2009
12:48 AM

Post #7060782

Did I hear my name mentioned ? Just wandered over here after finding a little time for my own pleasure .I haven't rooted anything this year , nada . Am leaving in two weeks for Tex . No time this year for other fun things . Fastest growing thing I can think of is Confederate rose . Dies back in winter , grows back up 8' tall next year .Thicker as years go by . Good for temp . screen while perm .screen is growing in . I have all the cuttings you could want for a fence . If you want them and could come get them , let me know and I'll cut them , and put in water . I don't have any rooted to mail, and they need to be in water. Dmail you tomorrow ,Maypop . tired tonight digger
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 14, 2009
12:58 AM

Post #7060834

Sally, the stars must be aligning. Where have you been? I think Dusty and Judy are looking for an evergreen hedge and need help with affordable cuttings. Dusty is liking hollies. So how big a holly cutting (preferably Burford) can you root? I've got plenty to spare.
DustyDS
Sugar Valley, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 14, 2009
1:31 AM

Post #7060953

Laurel...I could root just about anything sizewise, but I still have no vehicle to get anywhere to get them...Financially, I am on fixed income, and cannot afford a 4-5' tree with as many as I will need...There is about 70' of fence that needs to be screened for sure, maybe more...At this point I would even consider Kudzu...LOL

JudyinGA

JudyinGA
Newnan, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 14, 2009
7:00 AM

Post #7061919

OMG! Dusty! Hush your mouth, Honey! Don't even think about Kudzu! LOL (Know you're not serious). Sounds like you have pretty much made up your mind on the Burfords and Digger has what you need.

I was only offering a suggestion when I mentioned eleagnus because that's what I had pretty much decided on, thorns and all. I had found some at Lowe's last week, about 24-30" high (don't remember the size of the container) for $16.99 each. I might be able to better that but, if not, like Maypop, I'm just going to have to bite the bullet and put out what I can. I will need at least 10 and $170+ isn't going to kill me. I have a bad neighbor situation on one side and I need to either put up a privacy fence or some kind of screen to block them out. That's why I'm considering the eleagnus.

Also, my mom told me that my grandmother had eleagnus and it was one of her favorite shrubs, so it has a little sentimental value. Was also considering a six-foot chain link fence which would discourage the deer from wandering through ... at least somewhat. But I still need a screen to block the neighbors, even with the fence. Whenever I go out in my back yard, their dogs act like they're coming through the 4' chain link fence that's already there (it's theirs and is right on the property line). I can't even sit on my deck without causing a ruckus. Annoying as all get out. Also caught the two-legged critters stealing my landscaping rocks and cutting down the saplings in the woods behind my house (part of my yard). Called the cops and they stopped. Gotta do something.

Digger, you're up there where I went to school more than 50 years ago. I'm sure Dahlonega has changed since all there was was the Dixie Grill, the Cherokee Motel, the theater that played "Thunder Road" every year, and the Dairy Queen. Met my late husband there and did my student teaching at the elementary school right back down the hill going toward Dawsonville. Four good years and some good memories.

Dusty, hope you find what you need. Sounds like there's some good folks here ready to help any way they can. And thanks to all for the information about eleagnus.

Judy
DustyDS
Sugar Valley, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 14, 2009
2:06 PM

Post #7062578

Judy... My good camera died yesterday, but I will dig out my old one and show you what I am dealing with...The man is nice enough, but...

Back in a few...
DustyDS
Sugar Valley, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 14, 2009
2:32 PM

Post #7062660

This is the view off of my brand new almost finished front porch...

This is mild...He hauled some off, but brought in 5 more loads yesterday and 3 of them went to the back...There was a huge pile there in the front of that pine tree by his drive...

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DustyDS
Sugar Valley, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 14, 2009
2:42 PM

Post #7062689

This is the view off of my upper back deck...If you look, you will see metal at the end of the wood fence...Behind that is a dog in a 10x10 pen, and behind that pen going on up to the back corner is another pen with another dog...The back dog never barks, but the front dog does, but since the man is rarely there, I have managed to befriend the dogs and get them to Hush when I ask them to, so the barking is not a problem, but that view sure is...I will try to get a pic for you through the fence of the back yard close up later on after I get dressed...I am considering calling the Fire Marshalls office...That back yard is a real fire hazzard...
But that is the fence line that I want to cover up...The cyclone is mine, and the wood part is his...


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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

September 14, 2009
2:50 PM

Post #7062729

I promise you , I'm not trying to be funny , but did you consider selling out , or buying him out , cleaning that mess up and renting it out to the people of your choice ? You're looking at 10 yrs of that before anything gets large enough to hide it .
DustyDS
Sugar Valley, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 14, 2009
5:17 PM

Post #7063239

LOL...Noooo I am not leaving here...I just got here last month...I Love my home...The front isn't all that bad, but the back is...and it is dangerous, and he HAS been using a burn barrel, which is currently banned...Hence my thoughts on calling the fire marshall...My neighbor on the other side has an immaculate yard, and he is going to the county commissioner about this other guy, and asked me to go along...

I have another thought short of Kudzu...at least for Spring, through Fall, and that is to raise the posts on my fence, add cross wires, and put some kind of vines like Trumpet vines or Sweet Autum Clematis...You can't kill that stuff, and if it encroaches on my side, I have a nifty weed whacker to control it...At least it would help until I can get some shrubs growing...It's either that, or I get a bobcat and dig a hole for my back deck to sit down in...I already plan to put roll down shades on my front porch side, so I won't see it from there...
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

September 14, 2009
8:33 PM

Post #7063942

Oh , ok , I didn't snap to your name . I followed you all on the other thread with your move , and looking for a new home . Sorry 'bout that . You have really put a lot of work into the place so far . Maybe you can convince him to let you add 2x4 onto his fence to stretch the wire between, so that they might enjoy (your) blooming plants . It would be much stronger, and he can't call it a 'spite fence' later .
DustyDS
Sugar Valley, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 15, 2009
12:46 AM

Post #7064821

Sally Honey...He could care less about enjoying my flowers...He mowed around those piles in the front yesterday for the first time since I landed here on Aug 6th...Weeds were up over 4 feet high...I don't much care what he calls it, but I'm gonna find a way to fix it so I don't have to look at it one way or another...That trailer needs to be condemned, and my other neighbor and I are going to work on that angle too...Those piles of wood in the back yard scare me to death, especially with him out there burning brush etc. in that barrel...I have seen the sparks flying out of there... Thank Heaven I have insurance, but it won't replace what few treasures I have, or my dogs, and I will be homeless...That just doesn't set well with me at all...
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

September 15, 2009
1:08 AM

Post #7064937

Was hoping you could catch that fly with honey . If that won't work , then you have to protect your own health and welfare . Some people just don't see dirt . Makes you wonder what their momma was like .
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 15, 2009
10:47 PM

Post #7068297

Don't tell Sally about a condemned trailer opportunity. She might buy it. Always looking for a project, that one. LOL

JudyinGA

JudyinGA
Newnan, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 15, 2009
10:57 PM

Post #7068330

Well, Dusty, your problem is much worse than mine. I am so sorry you're having to deal with all that mess, in addition to all the headaches that come with a new move. Your "living" screen seems to be the best idea budget-wise but is going to take some time to give you the results you want. Maybe the county can help you find some kind of ordinance violation that will make him clean it up. I sure hope so. Worth a try, anyway.

Mine is just an annoyance and ugly. Guess I should count my blessings, huh? :-)

Judy
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

September 15, 2009
11:58 PM

Post #7068499

Oh , Maypop , I'm not that bad , lol ,I just like to make things better . I couldn't use that one anyway , I like deep in the woods , like you . Wish I was further off the road , like you . This is the only pic I have of my woods but you can see , Maypop likes to tease .

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

September 16, 2009
12:06 AM

Post #7068526

From the other side , showing some of my junk , but definitely some of my plants. The Oregan cypress on left , came home on a plane with me in a suitcase along with about four more .digger

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

September 16, 2009
12:13 AM

Post #7068551

Sorry , the one on left wasn't in picture , but on far right you can see one . I rooted some of these year b4 last and will again next year . They will be free to anyone that wants them . They get to be BIG , and in Oregan , two people couldn't reach around them . Those were about 90 yrs old . They can be topped tho to keep smaller . digger
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 16, 2009
12:15 AM

Post #7068560

Sally, when did you grow that bottle tree? I love it. Can you get me a cutting? We have been pining for one for years. I'm collecting bottles, but want to use a cool, dead tree. Okay, this Miami Beach girl is having a Foxworthy moment.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

September 16, 2009
12:29 AM

Post #7068599

M P that's an eight foot 4x4 with spike nails in it . There is a confederate rose behind it , but those are dead branches on it . It hadn't come up yet .I'm still looking for more blue bottles . Some came out of city garbage , garage sales and a lady I run into at liquor store . She emptied four vodka bottles over time, and saved them . I came along and took them off her hands . If you can find a cedar tree , it will work for what you want . Cement it in , dry rot will eventually get it , and don't let them tell you termites won't eat it . Dipped in melted tar will work or keep a little diesel poured around it every coupla years ,digger
Casshigh
Cartersville, GA

September 17, 2009
3:07 AM

Post #7072750

Dusty, if you decide that you want some Sweet Autumn Clematis, I will bring you some. Just let me know how many. They come up from seed here.

Doris
DustyDS
Sugar Valley, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 18, 2009
2:19 PM

Post #7077286

Thank you Doris !!...What a thought!! I could use that on the front end of the fence...

Sally...Thank you for posting those pics of yours...You just solved a dilemma for me on my new porch roof...I was debating how I wanted to do it and yours seems to be the way it needs to be done...If you have a closer shot of where your porch roof joins the house, I would be most grateful...

Drumroll Please!!...

A suspicious type car showed up next door yesterday afternoon while my son and I were getting the old ramp posts pulled...Looked all around after knocking on the door...Big Mouth me, says there is no one there...He left about 30 mins ago...I knew by his shirt that he was County...I asked if he was Building Inspector...he says no... similar...I says Fire Marshall maybe??... he says...not exactly...I says...I could only wish...If you look behind that wood fence, you will see why...He did on the one side... I says...If you look on the side over here, closest to me, you will get a better view, AND of the worst of it...He did, looked over at me, smiled, put his thumb up, and drove away...Nooooo I am NOT guilty of the phone calls, YET!!
But someone sure sent somebody out here to do something...What, I have no clue...But just maybe, they are going to force the issue of a cleanup of that lot...without me having to do a thing...That guy was NOT amused at what he saw...

Apparently this joker got the lot from the county when they no longer needed it for a storage lot while they ran the water lines, and is sort of living in that old office/storage trailer and dumping wood over there to cut and sell as firewood...He is very rarely there, but apparently the county found out he is receiving mail there as a legal residence...

Yayyyy for me...I sure hope the ball is on a mad roll!!!
DustyDS
Sugar Valley, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 18, 2009
2:39 PM

Post #7077375

Do any of y'all have a clue what this grass type plant is??

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Casshigh
Cartersville, GA

September 18, 2009
2:53 PM

Post #7077429

Dusty, send me a Dmail when you are ready for the Sweet Autumn Clematis.
DustyDS
Sugar Valley, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 18, 2009
3:05 PM

Post #7077470

Will do Doris...Though just about anytime you are ready will be fine... ;-)
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

September 18, 2009
3:59 PM

Post #7077649

Dusty , and all , please don't look too close at my mess . We have moved a lot of stuff out on the porch that we have packed for our trip . Dh bought a 36 gun , safe and had to move a lot of stuff out to make room to get it in . He went to pick it up just now and his boy will help him when he gets off tonight . Haven't cleaned the spider webs off in two weeks . lol digger

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

September 18, 2009
4:01 PM

Post #7077656

I have more

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

September 18, 2009
4:09 PM

Post #7077676

If we had it to do again , we would have probably put it against the trim on the roof so that we had room for a ceiling fan . Also couldn't find the roofing shingles to match the house , at the time . Bought the rafters , and made the rest of it ourselves . Should have said , taken the trim off and put it against existing roof line . (whatever you call it )

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

September 18, 2009
4:12 PM

Post #7077686

Another angle

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

September 18, 2009
4:19 PM

Post #7077712

It doesn't look like it is centered , but it is . Guess it was the way I was standing . We insulated with rolled insulation , and put the beadboard under the porch . Even under the metal roof , it's cool . I bought a swamp cooler for the porch , but only used a fan this whole summer . I love to sit out there in the rain and hear it on the roof . Makes my coffee taste better. Need to finish it with gutters . digger
DustyDS
Sugar Valley, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 18, 2009
4:35 PM

Post #7077758

Just Perfect Sally!!! Exactly what I needed to see...Thank you !!!
We have a similar roof line, so that is what I needed to decide which way to slant the roof over...
I will see if I can get a decent pic for you...I have the 2 corner posts notched...2 more to go...then we have steps!!!! YAYYYY!!

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DustyDS
Sugar Valley, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 18, 2009
4:40 PM

Post #7077782

Jim is helping with the post notching now... my arm was about to break holding that saw...Radial arm saw is on my list for Christmas for me...LOL

Here is my other assistant under the porch...

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

September 18, 2009
4:56 PM

Post #7077826

You need to match your roof and ceiling line . Any other way wouldn't look right plus a lot of unnecessary work . Match the shingles and if dh doesn't know how to weave the new shingles into existing ones , PLEASE hire a pro to do that job . You won't be sorry .
I do thank God every day for keeping my son safe for me . (and his family , they are so close ). I have you going on two threads . digger
Casshigh
Cartersville, GA

September 18, 2009
6:51 PM

Post #7078160

Dusty, I'll be in touch next week and see what day is good for you.

Doris
DustyDS
Sugar Valley, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 18, 2009
8:56 PM

Post #7078553

Terrific Doris!!! Just about any day is fine...Since I have no vehicle yet, I'm always home unless my neighbor takes me somewhere, but I did all my shopping on Wednesday so I'm good to go...LOL
I can't wait to meet you !!!

Sally...I am strongly considering the metal roof rather than shingles..I have been ever since I decided to cover it...I am not going to put a ceiling on mine, and there will definitely be a ceiling fan out there...I have one that I have been saving from the Habitat store up north for that very purpose...

JudyinGA

JudyinGA
Newnan, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 18, 2009
9:10 PM

Post #7078615

Oooh, Dusty. Rain on a metal roof. Set me up a lounge chair. I'll be right there! LOL

Judy
DustyDS
Sugar Valley, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 18, 2009
11:14 PM

Post #7079003

How bout a hammock??? ROFLLL
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

September 19, 2009
12:16 AM

Post #7079248

Love the re store . They had beautiful notty pine cabinets and upper shelves the last time I was there , also an island . It must have been a hugh kitchen , so many of them .
I love the metal roof .
BTW , where in the heck is Sugar Valley ? digger
DustyDS
Sugar Valley, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 19, 2009
1:20 AM

Post #7079533

Sugar Valley is 6.2 miles due west of Cartersville...I am south of Hwy 20 going to Rome by about 5 miles...

My re store here stinks...It looks more like the Salvation Army, with clothing, jewelery, furniture, bric-a-brac etc...VERY little in the way of building stuff except lighting fixtures...I was sorely disappointed...I was so hoping to find kitchen cabinets, since I don't need that many of them...I was also looking for ceramic tile for my bathroom tub surround...Nada..

Sally... Did you see that grass type plant I posted above?? Any idea what it is??

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JudyinGA

JudyinGA
Newnan, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 19, 2009
4:15 AM

Post #7080086

Hammock will work just fine LOL. I'll bring the sweet tea! Even though my porch doesn't have a tin roof, I still like to sit out there in the rain. I know you will enjoy yours when you get it finished.

Judy
Casshigh
Cartersville, GA

September 19, 2009
9:11 AM

Post #7080391

Dusty, I'll Dmail you next week when I see how my week is going. Be thinking how many you want. While it is still rainy will be a good time to transplant the clematis.

Doris
DustyDS
Sugar Valley, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 19, 2009
2:54 PM

Post #7080945

Good Morning!!!!
It has been raining here for over an hour now..That put a stop to getting my steps put on...It is supposed to rain all the way through next week...
but then they said that about this week too, and we had 3 dry days...

Doris, any day that is good for you will be fine...I will be here...

Judy, you are more than welcome to come anytime too...Everyone is!!!
There is a gallon of sweet tea in the fridge at all times...Lemonade too...
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

September 19, 2009
3:09 PM

Post #7080976

Hah ! Just spotted Sugar Vally on my map , but it has it on hwy136-c , just n e of Calhoun .This is nuts!
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

September 19, 2009
3:38 PM

Post #7081030

I don't have a clue about the grass plant . digger
DustyDS
Sugar Valley, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 19, 2009
4:15 PM

Post #7081119

It is some kind of ornamental... There is a subdivision south of town on 113 Hwy that has that and Pampas and fountain grass on either side of the entry...but I have also seen it here and there along my road...

There are 2 roads out from town going west that are south of hwy 20 and north of hwy 113...they are Mission Rd, and Sugar Valley Rd...I'm just east of the Etowah river, south of Sugar Valley Rd... If you google 30120 zip code and look west of town you should be able to see it...
DustyDS
Sugar Valley, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 19, 2009
4:56 PM

Post #7081241

I got an ID on it...Giant Reed or Arundo Donax, and is invasive...
hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 21, 2009
12:05 AM

Post #7085666

Try the variegated form of Arundo donax - it is well behaved and very desirable. I ordered some from White Flower Farms years ago and it has never been a problem. Plant Delights Nursery has another form of it that is supposed to retain its variegation all season.

http://www.plantdelights.com/Catalog/Current/Detail/06677.html

The variegation looks best early in the year (this one is from late May this year).

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DustyDS
Sugar Valley, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 21, 2009
1:43 AM

Post #7086027

Thanks but, No thanks...I don't want any form of that plant...I was just trying to ID it for a DG friend in KY...Yours is lovely in the variegated form, but I do not want any grasses at this point...Least of all, something that may take over when I am dead and gone...
hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 21, 2009
1:31 PM

Post #7087122

When I am dead and gone then it would be someone else's problem if it is a problem at all. I wish I could get it to mutliply faster than it does.

At our last house I had a beautiful acnistus I grew from seed - (it is now moved to the iochroma family) and supposedly not hardy in GA but it became a nice woody shrub in the front yard with hundreds of tiny blue bells every spring. If I had known the new owners were going to remove it I would've dug it up and brought it to our new house. Oh well, such is life.

Here are two nice ornamental grasses in full bloom. The variegated one is floppy though.

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

September 21, 2009
2:01 PM

Post #7087224

Hey , Dusty , I've had a case of Oldtimers here lately , as DH has too . The plant I was trying to think of for a privacy screen is the Layland Cypress . It is so common , a lot of people have gotten away from it , but it will , in about eight years , completely screen your yard . It can be topped when it gets taller than you want , but consider it . digger

JudyinGA

JudyinGA
Newnan, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 21, 2009
2:08 PM

Post #7087247

Digger,
That's what I did on one side. Here they are after being planted about 2 years. They were about 2 feet high when planted. They are not that expensive and can be purchased in varying heights, depending on your pocketbook.

Judy

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

September 21, 2009
2:19 PM

Post #7087288

Judy , my dsteps was going to raise them to sell and against my advise , planted them in the ground instead of buckets . They are 10-12' tall now and would have to be dug with a backhoe . Also has Arizona cypress . If anyone wanted to get some Cheap ones , he's in Dawsonville . digger
Casshigh
Cartersville, GA

September 24, 2009
5:24 PM

Post #7099776

Dusty, you have a Dmail.

Doris
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 24, 2009
11:57 PM

Post #7101150

Look above to see my opinion of Leyland Cypress. We have many in our neighborhood, desperate for privacy screening, who planted these years ago. They are non-native, weak, and easily diseased. They grow like crazy for years are, I admit, guaranteed to give you a privacy screen in a relatively short time and then they start keeling over or looking unwell. We have several friends who have spent huge amounts of money having their over-turned, dieing or dead, Leylands removed. I think they are on the list of obnoxious pollen producers as well. Please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. I don't think I'm usually overly opinionated here (though I admit to going off on the post about grass) but still I think this tree, which may be perfect in the Pacific N.W., looks all wrong in Georgia. It's a cheap investment that might cost you if you are looking long term.

Consider me on a tear here...but what's with all the banana trees (including weird variegated or burgundy-leaved versions) popping up all over the city? If landscapers want to "go there" why don't they consider some okra varieties that seem a better fit? Being from S. FL, I think bananas look all wrong in Atlanta. I don't want to go ice skating on S. Beach either. Okay, I'm standing down from the soap box. Next.
Laurel
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

September 25, 2009
2:38 AM

Post #7101738

I get such a chuckle out of your ranting and raveings Maypop . You know more about them than I do, so rave on .Ice skating on S Beach , how funny . Maybe you'll save a lot of moola and sweat later on ,for somebody. I didn't know all that about them .

JudyinGA

JudyinGA
Newnan, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 25, 2009
2:52 AM

Post #7101779

Oh gosh. Guess I better go out in the yard and guard my Leyland Cypresses lest Maypop come down here and trash them! LOL

I agree with her on the tropicals, though, and hate "fads" in plants and trees. I get what I need and what I like, no matter if it's the "in" plant or not! I'll take timeless over trendy any day!
hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 25, 2009
2:56 AM

Post #7101789

Leylands do grow fast but if that's what folks want then that's what they'll get. Three decades ago it was red tip photinias that were all the rage (and most of them got some kind of disease and virtually disappeared). I think Bradford pears are over planted but what the heck - what's perfect for some is a pain for others.

Not sure about Leylands producing a lot of pollen though - never seen many bearing cones or whatever they produce. We had two at our last house and I had to cut the tops out a few times and finally got tired of that chore so I cut them to the ground and solved that problem. Arborvitaes would be a better selection since they have the same shape, grow a lot slower, and seem easier to manage. Cryptomerias are another good choice but get the smaller varieties since some can become huge trees over time.



JudyinGA

JudyinGA
Newnan, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 25, 2009
7:23 PM

Post #7103731

We won't tell Maypop that I also have a mimosa tree in my back yard. Shhhhh. Not a word, now.
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 26, 2009
12:07 AM

Post #7104615

Oh, Mimosas! I used to love them but have since spent years drilling and filling stumps with toxic waste. They are the wisteria of trees. They take you in with their feathery finery, delicate beauty and gorgeous flowers. As if this is not enough, they attract the most amazing hummers, bees and wasps. Then they suddenly up and die (though not completely). Dylan Thomas must have grown them when he wrote, "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Night". Those roots hang on for years while your flying over them with the tiller.Their death throe mode requires going into birthing mode and spreading seed everywhere. The seed is 110% viable. I love the Mimosa, but don't turn your back on it. It's very invasive. I've got some tales that could be titled "Mimosa Memories" if I could just get rid of it (which I can't). It haunts me.

I'm not knowledgeable about greens (evergreens that is). Hcmcdole post has information about evergreens as well as comments on popular past planting faux paus. For the record, I'm not anti all non-natives, but they should be a good fit to the landscape. Folks who are interested in bargain solutions to garden landscape challenges should not feel called out. There are others who have spent lots on plants and still plant things that look, in my opinion, ridiculous. I'm guilty of this myself, and not just once, but numerous times. Of course, this is my opinion. I respect yours too.
Laurel
DustyDS
Sugar Valley, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 26, 2009
12:28 AM

Post #7104724

Miz Laurel.. you are very wrong about Mimosas...Ask me how I know...LOL

JudyinGA

JudyinGA
Newnan, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 26, 2009
2:12 AM

Post #7105084

I love them. Maybe one day I won't. But right now I do. They are representative of some of my fondest childhood memories ... lying in a hammock in a grassy yard surrounded by pine, hickory, buckeye, dogwood and mimosa trees ... on the outskirts of a little town called East Point ... back in the early 1940s. Ah ... the good old days.
DustyDS
Sugar Valley, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 26, 2009
2:18 AM

Post #7105101

ROFL Judy... Your day is coming...when you have to pull 90 bazillion seedlings coming up everywhere including your gutters...I love-d them too until I just had to deal with ones seeds this past spring...Laurel is wrong...the seeds are 1000% viable...LOL..And my book would be titled **My Mimosa Nightmares...a trip into the Nether Regions**

JudyinGA

JudyinGA
Newnan, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 26, 2009
2:34 AM

Post #7105134

Nah. They are at least 100 feet from my house (more than that from any other house), on the edge of the woods in back. The prevailing winds usually come from the north, west, and sometimes from the south, and blow any seeds back into the woods. Only a rare wind from the east would blow seeds into my yard, which is mowed regularly. If they give me a problem, I will take them down. But for now, I love them.

Now if I could just keep my neighbors' sweet gum trees from blowing those dad-blasted sweet-gum balls into my yard ... those suckers are hazardous to your health. Like walking on marbles!
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

September 26, 2009
11:23 AM

Post #7105834

Judy , those roots will reach you some day and sprout up, up , up . digger
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 26, 2009
5:40 PM

Post #7106649

The next time I'm at Maypop, I'm going to photograph our Mimosa nightmare. We closed the place up for three years and when we came back the big one had died and seeded into the garden; up and down the hillside too. We cut them down to the ground two years in a row. Big mistake! They came back with a vengeance all growing season and with renewed fervor each following spring. By year five the stumps, now with many branches, were quite large. Determined to rid us of Mimosa plague, DH cut them once more and drilled out the stumps; then poured brush RoundUp in all Mimosas outside the garden area. Some still survived. It is now several years later and seedlings still come up. We are vigilant about weeding them. That said, I do think they are beautiful and allow a few here and there on the property. Our original tree, about twenty feet tall and fifteen in diameter, used to take on a life of its own when hundreds of hummingbirds covered the blooms daily.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

September 26, 2009
6:03 PM

Post #7106702

Maypop , you remember how I hated to go through Ark to my house ? always having to mow and rake and clean up ? The biggest work was trying to kill 10' mimosas from all over the place . When you can get through only once a year , it's a nightmare for sure . I think I told you I sold it in June . Well , not ladylike , but when we pulled out of the driveway , I flipped it a birdie. Don't EVER have to go back there . Also , ex lived next door until he died two years ago . digger

JudyinGA

JudyinGA
Newnan, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 26, 2009
6:04 PM

Post #7106704

Well, Digger, if you ever read a story in the AJC about an old lady strangled in her sleep by creeping Mimosa roots, you'll know it's me! LOL

Maypop, would love to see your pictures. If mine ever turns into a nightmare, I'll just have to deal with it. But there are so many around here it doesn't seem to be that way.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

September 26, 2009
6:20 PM

Post #7106748

Judy , come visit me anytime , but darlin , please wipe your feet at the county line . LOL . digger

JudyinGA

JudyinGA
Newnan, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 26, 2009
6:52 PM

Post #7106827

Digger,
You don't want me to bring you some of my pretty little pink, poufy flowers? I'm crushed!
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

September 26, 2009
7:28 PM

Post #7106899

They are beautiful , but Lord willing and the creek don't rise, I'll never have to look at them or redbuds again .One is as bad as the other . D
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 26, 2009
10:05 PM

Post #7107315

Ah Sally, you had birdies around your Mimosa too? LOL
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

September 26, 2009
10:26 PM

Post #7107360

Yup ! The only thing I'll miss is the giant white perch we caught in spring and winter .
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

October 7, 2009
10:07 PM

Post #7145650

Back to the promised Mimosa photos. Here's one that sent a whole lot up from the bottom before it gave up the ghost. This stump is several years old and still hanging in there.

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MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

October 7, 2009
10:10 PM

Post #7145661

Here's one of several others that's been nuked and refuses to go gracefully. Did I mention that they attract tons of whitefly which in turn attracts tons yellow jackets?

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