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My FloraBunda order should be here next week.  Nine palms.  Been working for two weeks to clear a 20 year old terrace that I've not taken care of for a while.  The pictures are not exactly from same spot but you get the idea.  Cleaning so far created one 8'bed F150 load and about 13 twenty gallon trash bags to the dump.  Still have a bunch of scrub trees that grew into the terraces that I'll cut out tomorrow.  I believe it's looking good, even if I have to say so myself.  LOL  That "ditch" in the foreground is some of my "dry" stream bed.

 

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Palm Tree Jim

I like your "take a break" chair. A place to sit and admire your accomplishments!

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iDesign

Your yard progress photos are among my favorites... what an amazing transformation! The areas you’ve terraced with rock boulders look particularly nice. Do you at least have hired help? Not that it matters (obviously) but you’re not exactly a teenager anymore :bemused:

Sometimes I catch myself thinking gardening would be so much easier in Hawaii - then I see posts like yours :greenthumb:

How large is your lot by the way? 

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Billeb
1 hour ago, iDesign said:

….Sometimes I catch myself thinking gardening would be so much easier in Hawaii - then I see posts like yours :greenthumb:

How large is your lot by the way? 

I don’t think my back or bank account could afford a large lot like that! It’s awesome and the potential is grand but I kinda feel like it’s a blessing in disguise having a fairly small lot. I don’t know…

-dale

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WaianaeCrider
4 hours ago, iDesign said:

Your yard progress photos are among my favorites... what an amazing transformation! The areas you’ve terraced with rock boulders look particularly nice. Do you at least have hired help? Not that it matters (obviously) but you’re not exactly a teenager anymore :bemused:

Sometimes I catch myself thinking gardening would be so much easier in Hawaii - then I see posts like yours :greenthumb:

How large is your lot by the way? 

No outside help yet.  LOL  Still moving the boulders and cement blocks by hand.  I have two acres.  Mahalo for the compliments.

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WaianaeCrider
3 hours ago, Billeb said:

I don’t think my back or bank account could afford a large lot like that! It’s awesome and the potential is grand but I kinda feel like it’s a blessing in disguise having a fairly small lot. I don’t know…

-dale

Not sure if I told this story before, but here is how we bought the 2 acres.  The guy that owned it lost his wife.  His new wife had a house on the other side of the island which is much "greener" than Wai`anae and probably not as far from "civilization" (in 1974) as her home.  She did not want to live here.  Perhaps also did not want to live in "that other women's home".   The house was on the market for way over a year.  Not level enough for a farmer to buy so it sat there.  We made a offer of $72,000 and he took it.  So here we are living in PARADISE.  Our old home was on the main highway through Wai`anae town and was quite, sort of quite.  Then the State added two more lanes to the road and someone build a mall across the street and BOOM it got really noisy all day and night w/the traffic.

I wish Google Earth would update their photo.  I'd like to see what it looks like now.  I'm too cheap to buy a drone.  LOL  I think this is a 2013 Google Earth photo.  The wavy white line is the dry stream bed.

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WaianaeCrider
20 hours ago, WaianaeCrider said:

My FloraBunda order should be here next week.  Nine palms.  Been working for two weeks to clear a 20 year old terrace that I've not taken care of for a while.  The pictures are not exactly from same spot but you get the idea.  Cleaning so far created one 8'bed F150 load and about 13 twenty gallon trash bags to the dump.  Still have a bunch of scrub trees that grew into the terraces that I'll cut out tomorrow.  I believe it's looking good, even if I have to say so myself.  LOL  That "ditch" in the foreground is some of my "dry" stream bed.

 

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Another day working on the lower terrace.  Just a little more junk to bag up.  Truck is pretty much ready for a trip to the dump.  Oh, btw, almost wiped out my left knee cap w/the chain saw.  About 1 second or less after the chain stopped rotating I banged it into my knee.  Right in the middle.  Just cut the skin.  Poured Hydrogen Peroxide over the cut, wrapped it up and went back to work.  Like THE FORCE    DUCT TAPE HOLDS THE UNIVERSE TOGETHER.

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palmfriend
1 hour ago, WaianaeCrider said:

Another day working on the lower terrace.  Just a little more junk to bag up.  Truck is pretty much ready for a trip to the dump.  Oh, btw, almost wiped out my left knee cap w/the chain saw.  About 1 second or less after the chain stopped rotating I banged it into my knee.  Right in the middle.  Just cut the skin.  Poured Hydrogen Peroxide over the cut, wrapped it up and went back to work.  Like THE FORCE    DUCT TAPE HOLDS THE UNIVERSE TOGETHER.

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Jesus Christ - be careful!!! I had a chainsaw rented for the first time in my life three months ago to chop down some palms - one second without being focussed on that thing can ruin 

everything! Glad to know it was just a scratch!

 

Lars

 

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WaianaeCrider

It was really just a skin wound.  LUCK ME!  Feels great today.. Went back to work.  Hung one shade cloth, hauled 2 bags of weeds and put in a path.  All that dirt from the path to the open ditch is SILT from a big storm years ago the blocked up some area lower, slowed down the water flow and left all that silt.  Some I can dig out but the two big trees on the terrace are a jacaranda on the left (dark bark) and way on the right what we call here a Gold Tree (Tabebuia donnell-smithii) have roots in the silt and limit how much I can remove.  Might widen it a bit and put in a ground cover.  Neither flower a lot but I still have hope.  Tomorrow I'll put up another shade cloth for the section between the two trees and then wait for the FB shipment to arrive.

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Cindy Adair

I am so glad to hear you are OK after the chain saw issue!

I can certainly relate to the effort involved to reclaim land to plant palms. I love all the hard scape that will make the area so much easier to access. 
 

I await photos of your new palms in position!

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