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post #181 of 2579
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I can't imagine a little Japanese maple that's going to max out at about 12 feet is going to create foundation issues, but what do I know.
(...)

I should have guessed that the 'Japanese' was code for 'small'. One day I'll learn.

Don't let Edina know about your maples, he'll want to steal and groom them.
post #182 of 2579
Japanese maples have no-intrusive root systems...as I gather from my short internet education on them. Did a bunch of planting this week, and now looking for small trees to put in planters. I have a mini-backyard so I like the look of how trees are kept in Japanese gardens, but don't care much for the running water.

My requests for recommendations usually fall on deaf ears, but if anyone has a suggestion for a nice hardy small tree that can be planted in a pot and survive year round outside in the northeast I'm all ears.
post #183 of 2579
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I should have guessed that the 'Japanese' was code for 'small'. One day I'll learn.

Don't let Edina know about your maples, he'll want to steal and groom them.
Stereotyping people, very nice. 


You guys may say that now, but I believe that the tallest person on earth right now is actually from Japan (I'm not too sure).

Hai gui! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sultan_K%C3%B6sen
post #184 of 2579
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Ewww -- at least our flood was clean water.
I was surprised too -- guess city water pressure is high enough to pump a lot of water in a short time (we might have been gone 2.5 hours, but I could not say when the pressure fitting popped). When I came in the front door I could see water running along the kitchen floor (kitchen is at the back of the house); once in the kitchen I could see it pouring out of the cupboards under the sink like a waterfall. I sloshed down the stairs to the basement furnace room where the water shut-off was located and turned it off. The drywall-popcorn ceiling of the basement had already collapsed in several places and was distended like a balloon in others -- it was "raining" in the basement. The only room unaffected on the main floor was the garage-reno family room.
The good news was that the previous owners of the house had installed some retardedly expensive hardwood flooring in the kitchen and hallways, so the replacement value on the insurance claim gave us the money to go door-to-door-to-door (front, back patio, side) with a nice Italian tile all through the kitchen, powder room and all hallways. I could never figure out why anybody would put hardwood flooring in a room with a door to a pool? We went with engineered hardwood in the dining room and living room. We also replaced the basement wall-to-wall carpet with laminate. The whole process was a damned nuisance (we spent a week in a hotel while the tile was installed) but everything is actually better now than it was before.
The insurance adjuster said he sees a lot of these sorts of floods from those fancy fridges with the water dispensers -- if you have one of those, I recommend you have a plumber check the integrity of the fittings.

Damn dude, that sucks. How long did it take to make the house liveable again?
post #185 of 2579
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Stereotyping people, very nice. 


You guys may say that now, but I believe that the tallest person on earth right now is actually from Japan (I'm not too sure).

snap judgments based on one post on a message board, very nice. Since we're already judgmental, I'm not stereotyping people, just their plants and genitalia.
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My requests for recommendations usually fall on deaf ears, but if anyone has a suggestion for a nice hardy small tree that can be planted in a pot and survive year round outside in the northeast I'm all ears.

I got nothing for ya mang.
post #186 of 2579
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Originally Posted by SkinnyGoomba View Post

Japanese maples have no-intrusive root systems...as I gather from my short internet education on them. Did a bunch of planting this week, and now looking for small trees to put in planters. I have a mini-backyard so I like the look of how trees are kept in Japanese gardens, but don't care much for the running water.
My requests for recommendations usually fall on deaf ears, but if anyone has a suggestion for a nice hardy small tree that can be planted in a pot and survive year round outside in the northeast I'm all ears.

 

http://containergardening.wordpress.com/2008/06/16/japanese-maples-for-containers-daves-garden/

 

lefty

post #187 of 2579
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snap judgments based on one post on a message board, very nice. Since we're already judgmental, I'm not stereotyping people, just their plants and genitalia.
I got nothing for ya mang.

Thanks Bro confused.gif
post #188 of 2579
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Thanks Bro confused.gif

I'm in Texas - we don't have a winter, and we don't do trees in pots - therefore no direct relevant experience. Sorry, but I also didn't want your request to fall on deaf ears, either.
post #189 of 2579
lol, thank you Thomas.
post #190 of 2579
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Thanks Bro confused.gif

I'm in Texas - we don't have a winter, and we don't do trees in pots - therefore no direct relevant experience. Sorry, but I also didn't want your request to fall on deaf ears, either.

whoah whoah whoah, it snowed last December, and that was one cold winter...






.....well until noon when it became summer again.
post #191 of 2579
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Out of curiosity, if the trees stay close to the house, is Douglas looking at foundation issues down the road?

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My parents have had a japanese maple very close to their house for about 15 years without issue.

The biggest issue would be the dripline. If the roof overhang goes much past the centerline of the maple it could suffer from not getting enough water when it rains. Ask me how I know.
post #192 of 2579
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whoah whoah whoah, it snowed last December, and that was one cold winter...
.....well until noon when it became summer again.

Two Decembers ago, you mean? The overpasses iced over and I decided it wasn't worth it to try and make it in to work. The main sprinkler valve burst, too, and I quickly learned the value of replaceable floats.
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The biggest issue would be the dripline. If the roof overhang goes much past the centerline of the maple it could suffer from not getting enough water when it rains. Ask me how I know.

Wait, how small are these trees anyway? Or do you northerners have huge roof overhangs? Our house has a 15" overhang, where there is one.
post #193 of 2579
Some people have huge overhangs. In high school and some of college I worked as a landscaper. People would hire us and complain they cant get anything to grow, we would look at the place and 90% of what they planted was in a shroud of dry as fuck shade. We would have to extend the bed out and start fresh. Bingo.
post #194 of 2579
I found out my town will install an irrigation water meter for a very modest charge, cutting the cost of watering the lawn by about 2/3. $200 for the meter, no sewer or reclamation fees, and there's even no minimum monthly charge. Three weeks without a drop of rain--so I guess my next project is going to be a sprinkler system.

DIY is kind of complicated. I think I have a basic grasp of how to do it, though. http://www.irrigationtutorials.com/

A lot of people around here don't bother because it's basically subtropical, but my lot has too many trees and kind of crummy soil. Grass just won't grow without constant attention. The only thing I don't want to do is tear up my lawn. I just got it looking nice and mostly repaired from last year's big drought.
post #195 of 2579
Who do you guys like for exterior doors?
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