Yard Work 2009-04
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Palm pruning.  This is the tree closest to the house.  We must keep frond away from the house as it could be a pathway for roof rats.
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For these lower trees we do it ourselves.  Otherwise it cost about $30 per tree to have it done professionally.
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Gregg is holding a small electric chain saw we bought for the job when first moved in.  Pruning needs to be done each spring.
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These things are amazing big and tough.
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This is from the smaller variety.
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A dead one.
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We did a buzz cut on the lawn a few days ago.  According the the experts (on the web, source of all valid information) you are supposed to "antagonize" the rye grass and help it die.  Then the Bermuda grass should come back just fine.
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I hope they are right.  Our winter lawn was looking so nice and lush up until the temperature hit 100 degrees.
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These are the flowers of the palm tree.  We call them "squid arms".
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It is great to get these down before they bloom.  Otherwise you get all these little dried out flower floating in the pool.
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These are just about as heavy as the palm frond.
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And the grow so fast.  These things couldn't be seen 15 days ago.
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Close up of flowers already bloomed and dried.
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Gregg is taking some of this to school for his 7th grade science classes.  They are studying plant biology and it is amazing how may kids in the desert don't realize what is growing around them.