The Home Ownership Thread

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Douglas, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

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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.
     
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  2. SkinnyGoomba

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    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.
     
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  3. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Hai gui! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sultan_Kösen
     


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    Damn dude, that sucks. How long did it take to make the house liveable again?
     


  5. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

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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.
     


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

    lefty
     


  7. SkinnyGoomba

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    Thanks Bro :confused:
     


  8. Thomas

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    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.
     


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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.
     


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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.
     


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    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.


    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.
     


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    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.
     


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    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.
     
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    Who do you guys like for exterior doors?
     


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