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Old Posted Nov 9, 2018, 4:55 PM
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Many people in Paradise Valley have been removing them in favor of other plants lately. Look around. The oleander craze is over.
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Old Posted Nov 9, 2018, 5:47 PM
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Many people in Paradise Valley have been removing them in favor of other plants lately. Look around. The oleander craze is over.
That age of the oleander is over !
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Old Posted Nov 10, 2018, 6:21 AM
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How mature are your ficus trees? I've never had this happen on mine but all of my trees are 15+ years old. That being said, I've only lived in this house for the last 3 winters and I don't think there have been any really harsh freezes.
We've lived here since 2006 and they were mature when we moved in. There have been at least 3 of those severe frost cycles.
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What's your guys' take on Fruitless Olive trees? Just bought a nice 48" box tree today in a very unlikely way for me - with no previous research.

We actually went in looking for an Ironwood, but the size and the super slow growth (as we were told) lead us to the Fruitless Olive, which has a very similar look.

This is going in an interior courtyard at our new house, so needed something that doesnt grow very big and also doesnt have huge or invasive roots - hopefully the Fruitless Olive fits the bill.




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Old Posted Sep 1, 2019, 6:58 PM
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Has anyone planted winter rye grass really early in the fall?

The reason I ask is because I have an area that gets almost 100% shade and bermuda grass obviously won't grow there. I want to get the bare ground covered as soon as possible, in part because my dog always gets dusty and dirty, and also because I have out-of-state guests coming in mid-September.

It looks like it'll finally cool down next week. Any thoughts on planting the grass next week, covering it with mulch, and watering it 4 times per day? Would it germinate?


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Old Posted Sep 1, 2019, 7:08 PM
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Nights need to be in the 60s
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Nights need to be in the 60s
I know that ideally the nights need to be in the 60s, but historically I've planted winter grass a little early with nights in the low 70s and never had any issues (even without topper and full sun). My thought here is that with it being in full shade, putting topping over the seeds, and watering multiple times during the day it may keep the soil cool enough.

I think I'll give it a try and see how it works. Hope it's not a complete waste of time and money.
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I know that ideally the nights need to be in the 60s, but historically I've planted winter grass a little early with nights in the low 70s and never had any issues (even without topper and full sun). My thought here is that with it being in full shade, putting topping over the seeds, and watering multiple times during the day it may keep the soil cool enough.

I think I'll give it a try and see how it works. Hope it's not a complete waste of time and money.
I don't think not germinating is the risk, i'd be more worried the grass would germinate and grow, then die from the high temps.
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I know that ideally the nights need to be in the 60s, but historically I've planted winter grass a little early with nights in the low 70s and never had any issues (even without topper and full sun). My thought here is that with it being in full shade, putting topping over the seeds, and watering multiple times during the day it may keep the soil cool enough.

I think I'll give it a try and see how it works. Hope it's not a complete waste of time and money.
Yeah, your seed's not going to take this early. It'd be a waste of time and money. Patience, my friend. Time travels faster than life.
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I don't think that would work. You're more or less screwed in the short run. In the spring look into planting something more shade tolerant like dichondra or St. Augustine. We've had good luck plugging St. Augustine in shady areas. You can get St. Augustine plugs via Amazon and others, but only during certain times of the year. You'd have a hard time getting as small an amount of St. Augustine sod as you would need.
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I don't think that would work. You're more or less screwed in the short run. In the spring look into planting something more shade tolerant like dichondra or St. Augustine. We've had good luck plugging St. Augustine in shady areas. You can get St. Augustine plugs via Amazon and others, but only during certain times of the year. You'd have a hard time getting as small an amount of St. Augustine sod as you would need.
Thanks, I'll definitely give St. Augustine a try next spring.
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What's your guys' take on Fruitless Olive trees? Just bought a nice 48" box tree today in a very unlikely way for me - with no previous research.

We actually went in looking for an Ironwood, but the size and the super slow growth (as we were told) lead us to the Fruitless Olive, which has a very similar look.

This is going in an interior courtyard at our new house, so needed something that doesnt grow very big and also doesnt have huge or invasive roots - hopefully the Fruitless Olive fits the bill.

HX - So, after a year, what's your opinion on the fruitless olive you bought? Does it shed any leaves and make a mess? Does it suffer in the summer?
Would you recommend it?

I'm also considering one of those, or an ironwood tree. I don't really care how big it gets and how fast, so I may go with the ironwood, but I also like the look of an olive.
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