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Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

September 22, 2012
7:24 AM

Post #9282921

The massive Mesquite that covers almost 3/4's of the yard is getting cut back today! YAY! The deep shade it has created has made it impossible for even shade plants to thrive :(
Problem is there are 3 ponds directly under the tree (yes, poor planning on my part) So 1 sharp branch hits my pond liner and I'm doomed. Wish me luck :)

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Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

September 22, 2012
8:01 AM

Post #9282957

Redneck pond cover ~~~~~>(())'>

Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

September 22, 2012
8:02 AM

Post #9282959

Ooops here's the pic

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tucsonplumeriaz
Tucson, AZ

September 22, 2012
1:54 PM

Post #9283230

good luck fishie! now let's hope a redneck don't walk on the cover. haha!
Valsflowers
Litchfield Park, AZ

September 22, 2012
4:14 PM

Post #9283320

Mesquite wood? Sounds like an invitation for a glass of wine, a fire and some .. fish (not) gardening stories.
judyb
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9a)

September 23, 2012
11:15 AM

Post #9283988

So how did the trimming go?

Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

September 23, 2012
11:26 AM

Post #9283997

I am no longer a shade gardener. I'm not sure what to do LOL

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Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

September 23, 2012
11:27 AM

Post #9283999

The Redneck ponds survived the ordeal. Check out the trunk on the Mesquite. If it ever tips over I'm afraid it will up root the entire house :O

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judyb
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9a)

September 23, 2012
2:09 PM

Post #9284128

Wow, that really does leave you with the sunny side up. When was that mesquite planted?
Crista
Gilbert, AZ

September 23, 2012
2:36 PM

Post #9284173

Wow! That's a huge change! What did you do with all the branches you cut off?
Valsflowers
Litchfield Park, AZ

September 23, 2012
2:52 PM

Post #9284179

It looks really good.

Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

September 23, 2012
3:13 PM

Post #9284195

The house was built in 1994 so I'm assuming it was planted then. I bought the house in 2000.
The landscaper hauled off the branches. It took them 5 1/2 hours. They had to climb up and tie each branch as they cut it and then lower it so it didn't crash into the ponds and rip the liner. I'm so relieved its finally cut back. Now I can actually have some flowers blooming in the back yard.
lovetropics
Scottsdale, AZ
(Zone 9b)

September 23, 2012
3:27 PM

Post #9284212

wow. It looks great fishy. If you don't want the tree to tip over, you can always build a tree house on that stump.
tucsonplumeriaz
Tucson, AZ

September 23, 2012
10:42 PM

Post #9284525

hello, sunlight!

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