How these low-water ground covers held up during the late summer heat – Orange County Register

In an attempt to find drought-tolerant ground cover for his homeowners’ association’s landscape in Irvine, Jim Harrison introduced kurapia to select areas this summer. Harrison wrote that it “planted in July, filled nicely in August, and weathered the September heat well.”

He found it to be a “great substitute for brown grass problems.” We are expanding use in mixed shade/sun areas; It uses the same sprinkler time as low water plants watered through the same valve.” He mentioned that “some dog owners are concerned about the increase in bees” since, as you may know, bees sting dogs. I would suggest mowing the kurapia monthly as this generally prevents the kurapia flower from developing. The Kurapia had been laid in sod-like strips.

I received another email from Irvine detailing the story of a Japanese maple tree that was planted in a giant ceramic pot five years ago. It thrives quite well in an area where it gets early morning sun and full afternoon shade. However, it now looks unkempt, so the question is whether it should be given an artful pruning or a tie-down style of manicured trees that grow in the ground. It also expresses a desire for a “graceful, understated maple,” similar to that found in Huntington Gardens in San Marino.

When I saw a photo of the tree, I noticed that the shoot ends at the ends of its branches appeared to be dead. This is commonly seen in trees in a root-bound state, meaning their roots are circling the inside of the container. Even a slow-growing tree like the Japanese maple will likely have roots like this after five years in the same container, so it would be wise to remove the tree from its container, cut back a third of the roots symmetrically, and so on. You’re about to replace the existing one Earth through a fresh batch. Of course, a container tree can be pruned for aesthetic reasons, as long as it is done sparingly and with great restraint.

I also noticed that some ferns seemed to be growing out of the container. It’s never a good idea to plant anything in a container where a tree or other woody plant is growing. Even if a tree is growing in the ground, it’s best not to plant anything directly below it unless the undergrowth has shallow roots and requires a bare minimum of watering.

I received a letter from someone with a large jacaranda tree raising the edge of their driveway. They received the suggestion to remove roots from the tree leading to the driveway and prune the tree as a solution to the problem. They also asked if I could name a competent arborist who could do this job. How these low-water ground covers held up during the late summer heat – Orange County Register

Adam Bradshaw

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