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Old 03-15-2014, 11:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I was thrilled when our landlord agreed to remove some palm trees in our front yard. Room to finally plant some more fruit trees AND bananas.
Last week I have planted some apple trees and a peach tree on one side of the yard where some pine trees were removed. Today I was hoping on planting some potted banana plants in the ground where we used to have the palm trees. Apparently the stumps were ground up, but there are still some of the roots I just could not get out. I dug a trench as deep as possible and got rid of some roots, but there is no way to get more out. My thought now was to add good bagged soil, my aged chicken manure and compost all mixed in and basically build up the soil in between the old roots of the palm trees and raise up the soil level kind of like a raised bed. As there is a small slope, the plants should not be in standing water. Landlord will not pay for any more yard work, so I have to make the best out of it without spending a fortune myself. Is this worth a try as banana plants are relatively shallow rooted or am I setting myself up for failure? Will the palm tree roots degenerate over time? Can I mulch over with some of the ground up loose roots?

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Old 03-16-2014, 12:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I was thrilled when our landlord agreed to remove some palm trees in our front yard. Room to finally plant some more fruit trees AND bananas.
Last week I have planted some apple trees and a peach tree on one side of the yard where some pine trees were removed. Today I was hoping on planting some potted banana plants in the ground where we used to have the palm trees. Apparently the stumps were ground up, but there are still some of the roots I just could not get out. I dug a trench as deep as possible and got rid of some roots, but there is no way to get more out. My thought now was to add good bagged soil, my aged chicken manure and compost all mixed in and basically build up the soil in between the old roots of the palm trees and raise up the soil level kind of like a raised bed.
Ok, provided the "aged" material far out weighs the "hot" material.

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Phew. I hope it works. Thanks so much. I am planning on planting the Pisang Ceylon and the temple bananas there. Other than those stupid left over root balls, I think the spots are ideal: plenty of sun.
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Old 03-20-2014, 11:45 AM   #4 (permalink)
 
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Oh how I woshed in cali hot sun an warm days !!!!
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you could always move. fl is good too. no bias here
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I love Florida, too. Less humidity here in SoCal though.
Earthquakes here, hurricanes in Florida.
Rattlesnakes here, alligators in Florida.
Umm...I will have to think about it.
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yes, the humidity is really bad here. we're already up in the 90s. i've never been to cali though so i can't really compare. when it comes to hurricanes vs earthquakes i don't know what's better, but thankfully it has been quiet on both fronts. this year is supposed to be another quiet year for us *knock on wood*
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