Last November we had to have the remaining half of a huge, old live oak removed. 5 or 6 years ago the back half of the tree split and fell. Several of the huge branches on the remaining front half of the tree were splitting and were a danger to G's shop, the patio and the house.
Having the stump ground was part of the removal service.
I want to use that as a base for a berm. I want to build it up even more and expand it. My goal is to plant a small, fast growing shade tree and landscape around it with blooming shrubs, bulbs, perennial and annuals.
The patient person that I am wants to do it now! Yeah, yeah I know. That sawdust really has to compost down before I attempt to plant anything.
I had several conversations with Gerald Roberts. He is my Extension Office Horticulturalist and an amazing person. He offered to come to the house and evaluate the project.
The deal is this - I will not be able to plant until fall. In order to speed things up I will add a 12" layer of grass clipping and till it into the sawdust. A 12" layer of city compost, tilled in, a 12" layer of cured, composted horse manure tilled in, another layer of compost. Till monthly and repeat as needed.
With our heat and plentiful rain my berm should be ready to plant in the fall.
Gerald has offered to return June/July to check on the progress. He has also offered to do a free soil test before I plant.
I have to leave and return. I forgot to get some information that I want to include. Be right back!
This the tree I want to plant.
Drake Elm , Chinese Elm, Lace Bark Elm ( Ulmus parvifolia ) several of the newer cultivars are Emerald Isle and Emerald Vase.
Fast growing, relatively small, suitable for a subdivision lot with nice, dense shade and very small leaves that do not need to be raked or gathered. Also region suitable.
The surrounding plants will change with time. Initially I will incorporate herbs in the bed. As the tree grows and shades the bed I will rethink that. I know that I want lots of white and grey. White azaleas for sure. Mom has one that I love so I took some cuttings to root. I have a couple of large bowl pots with Easter Lilies - those will be planted on the berm. I have some dwarf gardenias that need to be moved. White flowers, dark green foliage and a lovely fragrance. Lamb's Ears and Dusty Miller scattered around for a tough of silver/grey. I have an assortment of wild, native Louisiana Irises that my baby brother harvested from a "Ditch Nursery". I will use those for pops of color. My baby sister has a nice assortment of white and variegated shade plants in her yard that I can scavenge.
Now all I need is patience. Anyone know where I can get some CHEAP?
BTW - I am TRUELY BLESSED with the BEST Extension Office.
Thanks all for allowing me to ramble.