Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Does Anyone Know How to Plant Coverage Juniper?

I want to plant coverage Juniper like this:

I am not sure about how to go about this. I got this Juniper plant from Home Depot. The directions say to plant each one between one and two feet apart. This is gonna be costly as these are 4 bucks each.

Here is a newer planting of Juniper over near St Joe Hospital. I notice that these plantings are much smaller than the one from Home Depot. Are the professional landscapers using something different than the plant from Home Depot?

I will be planting these on a fairly steep incline. I don't think that should make any difference. Here is the area where I would like to plant the Juniper

I have been able to find very little information about this via google. I also saw little mention of this plant in the how to landscaping books at Home Depot.


Tuesday, March 13, 2007

The Visual Tour

Here is the visual tour of my house when I bought it in 2005.

It was decorated nicely.

The Other Oak Goes Boom

I have the Grand Oak tree in front of my house and I have the deadbeat oak tree on the side of my house. This other oak is dying. I had a inspector out from the city parks department in the Summer of 2005 and he said the tree was still living and couldn't be cut down. Apparently, the City of Tampa has a crazy tree ordinance that forbids the removal of any tree that is more than five inches in diameter.

This from the Palma Ceia Neighborhood Website:

Chapter 13, the tree and landscape ordinance were approved by Tampa City Council in April, 2001. The ordinance protects trees 5" or more measured 4' 6" from the ground. A permit (cost $33) is required for removal of this size tree. Grand Trees, also protected, may be removed if approved by the Urban Forestry Coordinator; the permit cost for removal of Grand Trees is $500. A permit (cost $33) is also required to prune a Grand Tree. Trees not protected and not requiring a permit for removal or pruning under this ordinance include Cherry Laurel, China Berry, Ear Tree, Australian pine, Punk Trees, Male Mulberry, Citrus Trees, Brazilian Pepper, Queen Palms, Monkey Puzzle and Eucalyptus. Questions about the tree and landscape ordinance can be directed to David Reilly (Parks Department) at 813.931.2648.

500 bucks just for a permit to remove a dying oak on the city right of way? Did I mention how much I love government?

Anyway, the dying tree decided to discard a limb in to the street on a recent Saturday afternoon. The city got a truck with a crane out to move the limb to the side of the road. I didn't think to get the camera out until after the road had been cleared. Here are some photos.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Tampa Oak Tree

This blog is named for the very old Grand Oak Tree in my front yard. I live in the Old Seminole Heights Historic District just north of Downtown Tampa. A previous owner of my house, who moved away approximately ten years ago stopped by and told me that this is one of the oldest oak trees in Hillsborough County. How she knows this, I have no idea but it sounds good so I won't argue.

She also told me that this tree was the artist's inspiration for the Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association Logo. I have heard the logo story from a neighbor and a realtor so there is likely something to it.

This blog will track my progress in restoring the home which was built in 1917.