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Palm Maintenace - Remulching the West Jungle

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Fall/Dry Season is scheduled to start in the next day or so when the first "cold" front will drop night time lows below 70F for the first time in 6+ months and shut off the rainy season spigot. But last weekend my husband and I got a jump on yard maintenance by clearing out 2/3 of our west back yard jungle of containerized palm seedlings and shelving units so we could lay mulch. I also scrubbed and hosed off all shelving units on our dock before relaying them in the jungle. I also plan on evaluating, then repotting my container garden in a lighter mix based on coco coir. That was a lot of work and we were exhausted but the jungle could not go on in its current neglected state. Tonight I started prepping the remaining 1/3 of the west jungle for its remodel.

Back Yard West Jungle, Cape Coral, FL Fall 2020

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Pots of seedlings on shelf unit. Large bifid seedlings are Carpoxylon macrospermum

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Ravenea julietiae newly planted in jungle

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NickJames

What kind of mulch is that? It looks so much finer than anything I see commercially. Though perhaps my eyes are just tired.....

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5 hours ago, PalmatierMeg said:

Fall/Dry Season is scheduled to start in the next day or so when the first "cold" front will drop night time lows below 70F for the first time in 6+ months and shut off the rainy season spigot. But last weekend my husband and I got a jump on yard maintenance by clearing out 2/3 of our west back yard jungle of containerized palm seedlings and shelving units so we could lay mulch. I also scrubbed and hosed off all shelving units on our dock before relaying them in the jungle. I also plan on evaluating, then repotting my container garden in a lighter mix based on coco coir. That was a lot of work and we were exhausted but the jungle could not go on in its current neglected state. Tonight I started prepping the remaining 1/3 of the west jungle for its remodel.

Back Yard West Jungle, Cape Coral, FL Fall 2020

578513014_RemulchingJungleWest0110-13-20.thumb.JPG.c30a9934b9864c6438666c6e6367384b.JPG1343748723_RemulchingJungleWest0210-13-20.thumb.JPG.d452555f2a7335a5216a06c5689dc469.JPG751977342_RemulchingJungleWest0310-13-20.thumb.JPG.f5cec4ad83fb0c9901787f894f3ea083.JPG

Pots of seedlings on shelf unit. Large bifid seedlings are Carpoxylon macrospermum

1799840050_RemulchingJungleWest0510-13-20.thumb.JPG.3f48c31e4be6f6bf5730fcac98ea81b2.JPG

Ravenea julietiae newly planted in jungle

1008453873_RemulchingJungleWest0410-13-20.thumb.JPG.ab0314f00d2eaa5405c4039e429b06b5.JPG

 

I have 3 shade houses each about 8 x 15.  The tables in each are made w/saw horses, two x fours and the same shelfing units.  They don't rot out.  Use to use old pallets but they only lasted a few years.

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