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RE: Pleasant PM

Wow. I would have liked to have seen that. Wonder what he got for it? 
The people down the street from us, who put in huge palm trees even
before having their fancy house built, seem to be moved in. Of the three
multiple-trunked palms they had, one died outright and was replaced by a
single-trunked specimen and one on the side came out okay. But the one
in the place of honor - right smack in the middle of the circular drive
- half of it died. Looks pretty odd right now. I'm waiting to see what
they're going to do about that. 


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of james singer
Sent: Friday, January 05, 2007 3:17 PM
To: Garden Chat
Subject: [CHAT] Pleasant PM

Nice today. In the high 70s. Squinty and I sat outside most of the
afternoon and watched as a bunch of guys with a crane truck removed a
Canary Island date palm from a neighbor's front lawn. It is a nice
palm--one that will likely retail for $2,500 or so--and removing it was
quite an operation. First they dug all around it by hand to remove the
sod and first foot or so of soil. Then they used a mechanical shovel to
root-prune it all around. Next, they lifted it out of the ground and
held it aloft while they wrapped the root ball with something like
heavy-duty saran wrap, then they laid the palm over at about a 30-degree
to-the-ground angle while they chain-sawed off all but a few fronds
around the crownshaft. Finally, they tied the crownshaft fronds together
into a bundle and tied the bundle to a long 2-by-6 laid parallel to the
palm's trunk to keep the crown from drooping, and loaded it onto a
trailer with a padded cradle.

I don't know why the neighbor sold the palm. He's a snowbird and has
been trying to sell his house for 2 years, whenever he and his wife are
here, but without success. Maybe he's decided to sell the place one
piece at a time.

Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.1 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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