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Old 04-14-2017, 07:19 AM
 
Location: SWCT - close to coast
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Finally... up to speed now...


April 2016. I feed them in Mid Spring and Early Fall including adding organic compost to them in Fall. I actually pruned them over winter. Got too wide for my liking. Hoping they get taller faster now.




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Old 04-14-2017, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Finally the house is done and we are in Port St. Lucie!
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Nice pictorial! Love the new fence also.
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Old 04-18-2017, 06:32 AM
 
Location: SWCT - close to coast
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As promised... Here is the progress of my Green Giant Arborvitaes


June 2008. Planted. 5 feet apart. Soaker Hose on them.







June 2009. Soaker hose off. Did it by hand when mother nature wasn't producing.
Fence came down in 2009 or 2010.





I don't have any from 2010 but then came winter 2011 and I began to realize something...







Beautiful trees but so weak to snow and ice. I have to shake them off each time but they survive.







1 week later an Ice storm...





But after some melting and come warm seasons its like they didn't go through anything...


April 2012







Side view April 2012







June 2013. I used the Fertilizer spikes this year. Amazing growth since 2008.





June 2013 Side View







December 2013. Ice storm.


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Old 04-18-2017, 07:12 AM
 
Location: SWCT - close to coast
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May 2014. Nice and full.







May 2014:


Roots from the Maple must be affecting the ones on the right.







November 2014. I ended up trimming the tops after this. I don't need them 30 feet high.





I don't have any from 2015 but...




February 2016 the inevitable happened.







I tied it back up and tight hoping it would come back...







September 2016... Notice the brown at the end... it didn't. Lost a big chunk of that one.





And now we're caught up... April 2017..





It's time to cut the dead branch.. Oh well.


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Old 04-18-2017, 07:18 AM
 
Location: SWCT - close to coast
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Lastly... A Comparison.. June 2008 vs April 2017. 8 yrs of growth (this yr not over yet). Not bad..
Averaging about 1.5 feet a year..


I almost decided to pull them up and add the Nellie Stevens Hollies just based on the weakness of them and the hassle of shaking them off from snow and ice.


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Old 04-22-2017, 07:01 AM
 
Location: SWCT - close to coast
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April 22, 2017. See anything?





Those aren't Berries. New growth all over the plants. Excited. Lots of rains, some warmth and the Holly Tone giving them a nice boost.


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