Monday, February 18, 2008
Posted by Lets Plant at 11:41 PM
Today I planted the Foxtail Palm Tree ( Wodyetia bifurcata ) that I purchased the other day. I think I got a pretty good deal at $15.00 for a 5 foot tree. I was just bouncing around the other day with my buddy Brandan when we stumbled upon a few really good nursery's just north of us about 15-20 miles. I only wish money grew on tree's, I would grow a whole field of them. Needless to say I went home with some goodies but not everything I would liked to have gone home with. But I will return!! Back to the subject, I had a grapefruit tree in the yard that was uprooted by the hurricanes and blown right over. I chopped the tree down hoping it would die. Well it was a pretty tough tree, and started growing again. I was letting it grow for a while when I heard that once you cut down a fruit tree it is no good anymore even if it grows back. The fruit will be sour and no where near as good as it was at first. So I dug the tree completely out of the ground today( with the help of my dog ), and utilized the space. I figured I already dug this hole I might as well use it. So, I planted the Foxtail palm tree where the grapefruit tree was. I think it looks pretty good there. After planting the Foxtail I put overlapping layers of cardboard around the tree and soaked them with water to get them to stick together. I overlapped them to create a light tight seal. Then to be absolutely sure that it was light tight I overlapped some more with newspaper and sprayed to get the paper to stick together. To finish it all off I placed about 3 inches of mulch on top of the newspaper. This will be my 2 to 3 year biodegradable weed free barrier. I used the cardboard and newspaper because it is readily available, and in most cases free, and is 100% biodegradable. When I start to see weeds it means time to re-mulch. Here are some pictures of the process. Hope you found this post usable. Feel free to let me know what you think!!