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Had a tree branch fall onto our fence and break a point off of one of the aluminum pickets.  Seems like these are easy replacements.  My wife made it sound like it was a bigger deal than this...

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Just picked up six flats of flowers from the nursery. Oh the joys of semi annual planting!
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Just picked up six flats of flowers from the nursery. Oh the joys of semi annual planting!

ahhh, California
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What does everyone not in California or Arizona do with their plants during the winter. I have a potted lemon tree that made it through last winter but I need a better plan this winter. I basically just covered it in plastic. The lows here are only 20 degree here at most.
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What does everyone not in California or Arizona do with their plants during the winter. I have a potted lemon tree that made it through last winter but I need a better plan this winter. I basically just covered it in plastic. The lows here are only 20 degree here at most.

Not plant them in the ground unless they can take -10F.
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Not plant them in the ground unless they can take -10F.

lol -10... Fuck me I wish it stayed that warm in the winter here.
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haha You're in that Ice box up there. The rest of the year must be nice though. Our winter temps are 50 day- 20 night, no snow. If it the temp goes below 20 the city shuts down. I use to live in Chicago. I hate snow.
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haha You're in that Ice box up there. The rest of the year must be nice though. Our winter temps are 50 day- 20 night, no snow. If it the temp goes below 20 the city shuts down. I use to live in Chicago. I hate snow.

No, the summers are very humid. I prefer a dry heat, like the summer I spent at Ft. Sill. Today it is 75 and prefect, but 10 days ago we were had a snow flurry.
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lol -10... Fuck me I wish it stayed that warm in the winter here.

Well, I'm thinking ground temp. air temp would be colder here. Not MN cold though.
post #2621 of 2622
Similar problem here in south Louisiana with those expensive palm trees. People use those small exterior ( not LED )Christmas lights wrapped around them to generate some warmth, and then plastic or cloth. Should work for your tree
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I second the Christmas lights idea. Make sure you get the big bulbs -- the 7 or 10-watt ones. Then figure out your heating requirement based on the square footage of your cover and the difference in temperatures you need to maintain, and get that many bulbs. A tip would be to roll up the excess material and hold it closed with spring clamps to reduce the exposed area of the cover to slow heat loss.

The problem with trees is that they tend to be tall, so while you can cover them temporarily, a (seasonally) permanent cover is going to have to be very sturdy to keep it from getting blown away during a storm. There's not really any good solution I know of.
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