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themikeman
Concord, NC
(Zone 7a)

March 7, 2011
6:08 AM

Post #8411581

I love Mimosas the are growing in the woods and most of the surrounding residential properties around me, but i have grown to lothe sweet gum trees with a vengence..whoever built my house that im living in, back in 1942, planted 7 sweetgum trees on 1.5 acre front yard and ive been raking up nasty sweet gum balls with backbraking labor since late January and will still be raking them up out of my yard and iris and perennial beds till early May. They almost destroyed my little push mower when i moved in and i dont know of anybody with a riding mower that will even attempt to mow them up either. Mimosas on the other hand might be invasive but they are toatly desirable to me, even if they make a small mess of dead blooms; especially if you have one thats not real squat and low and wide growing, but one you train from a baby to be slender and tall if you can. Its Sweet gum trees and also pin oaks with their iron chlorosis and constant dying and limb falling after 15 to 20 years and again these bastard sweet gum balls that everyone should lothe. i want to start a anti-sweet gum ball tree and anti-pin oak club..mike

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