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#123507 June 15th, 2005 at 07:47 PM
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Mary just gave me a great idea to decrease the expense of buying edging. She suggested using the branches off of the mimosa trees that keep poping up all over. It sounds like a fantastic idea to me. Just imagine the basket weave or bent wood designs I could have. My question is should I treat the wood with anything. Mimosa is very aggressive and I'm wondering if even branches might find a way to comeback from the dead if not properly treated. Thank you for your input.

#123508 June 15th, 2005 at 09:43 PM
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tk I wonder if you can dry them and put some polyeurathane on the ends to make sure they're sealed. Just thinking...

#123509 June 16th, 2005 at 12:14 AM
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I was thinking more along something to make sure they are dead but the poly would probaby do that too lol. Good thinkiing Mary.

#123510 June 17th, 2005 at 11:30 PM
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Hey T, check this out - this is what I was imagining (though may be a bit less 'organized' looking). You get good at making it and see what you could sell it for? LOL!

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#123511 June 18th, 2005 at 01:37 AM
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Hey TK. The only ones which could possibly regrow are those that are in contact with the earth and then only if there is still some green in them. So dry them thoroughly for a while. If unsure, just strip the bottom few of their bark. If you use some pushed into the soil vertically as a retainer make sure they go in either stripped of bark, fully dried out or upside down.

#123512 June 18th, 2005 at 01:53 AM
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Wow that's some expensive edging isn't it? Thanks Longy. Upside down huh? I can do that. Stripped of bark might be alittle harder lol. Out there with paring knife. Just kidding I do that alot. Thankyou very much for the information Longy you just made it a lot more possible.

#123513 June 18th, 2005 at 10:38 PM
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Well the first session of weaving is complete. And boy did it get hot out there. One thing I can say for sure is that this would be much easier if the plants weren't already in place on the second tier lol. Getting them upside down wasn't as hard as I thought which is all to the good. I'm going to be looking for a lot of the little thick branches now for the uprights. Or one long one and to borrow someones saw lol.

Mary this was a great idea and it's turning out much easier than I thought it would. I'm very please with it.

#123514 June 19th, 2005 at 03:54 AM
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T, I'm so glad it's working out. I can't wait to see a PICTURE! How many times have you heard that from me already? LOL!

#123515 June 19th, 2005 at 04:37 AM
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Well the community camera and me trying to take pictures don't expect much ok?

#123516 June 19th, 2005 at 04:41 AM
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I can't wait to see!!! I'm sure you'll do JUST fine wink

#123517 June 19th, 2005 at 05:08 PM
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Since I am terracing with the edging all of the wood is going to be touching earth so I'm going to have to watch it closely to make sure nothing roots itself. But I am very willing to do that. I'm going to try and gather a bunch of branches so maybe I can get ahead of my current planting and maybe even have a chance to dry some of the wood. There is a park down the road from me a ways maybe one day if it is somewhat cool I can try to get down there. It's in a different county so the bus doesn't go down that way. I love this idea. It's also great because it will let the water drain on down the slope. Something like stones or bricks might have caused it to get a little soggy. Well onward and upward lol.

#123518 June 20th, 2005 at 11:27 PM
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And upwards it certainly is. I have the height clear across the first tier that I want. Now it is all fill in. Wish I had a saw for the branches. They are very green. And a pair of sewing sissors really isn't much help lol. But I'm getting there and the birds cheer me on every step of the way. Along with checking that the edging is strong enough to support their takeoffs and landings. They are so funny. Hope I get some pictures of them too.

#123519 June 21st, 2005 at 12:25 AM
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Here is the picture of about 1/3 of the edging. I like it so far although I have a long way to go before I have it filled in and trimmed down to size is some cases lol.

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is the mimosa tree the one that has a flower that looks like a powder puff? I'm looking for that kind of tree?Rita

#123521 June 21st, 2005 at 01:27 AM
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Yep that's the one. You'll end up with thousands. One of mine is blooming and I'm about to pull my hair out.

#123522 June 21st, 2005 at 05:00 AM
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Here is a longview of the edging.

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Hope it looks a little better in this shot. From here on in it's little branches for this tier until I get it all filled in.

#123523 June 21st, 2005 at 07:59 AM
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That looks GREAT,TK thumbup

I am so happy to finally see it!

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#123524 June 21st, 2005 at 08:11 AM
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Thanks G-mom. You are a great mom to have. You keep me motivated. I know I'll keep twiking it until it is just the way I want it which could take just about forever. But that's the way I am lol.

Somewhere around here is a picture of the hosta that has your baby attached to it. I haven't forgotten. It just isn't growing to well compared to everyone else's I've seen so I'm chicken to try to separate it. But I do remember and I won't forget.

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I've got your columbines sitting here on the counter...I've just got to get to the post office and get some stamps.

I've seen twig fences before and have always thought they were cool...I've just never had the "patience" required!

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#123526 June 21st, 2005 at 09:00 AM
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Patience? In my case I think they call it compulsive obsessive disorder lol. laugh

Columbines? Have we got a trade going? I try to write all this stuff down. But I don't have anything listed for you except I wanted to give you my baby hosta. Oh I'm so sorry if you have been waiting for something. What is it? I'm sorry.

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No,No,No...I was just gonna send you some blue columbine to add to your collection thumbup

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#123528 June 21st, 2005 at 09:30 AM
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Wow T, I'm so glad to be able to see what you're up to there - That's awesome!

#123529 June 21st, 2005 at 09:32 AM
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Hey, if you wanted to be really obsessive compulsive, you could find all the branches/twigs that were about the same size, and then wrap them with twine or something to get a fence look! Or even liquid nails-ing them together side by side...hmmmm!

#123530 June 21st, 2005 at 10:32 AM
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oooooooh blue, wonderful. I'd like that thank you.

Mary I'm not going to liquid glue twigs together lol. It's bad enough that I am sitting in front of the tv tearing newpaper into one inch squares for the compost bin lol.

I'm thinking of making a sign for my front door. "insane assylum craft room" [no sharp instruments please].

I'd do it except the neighbors would probably show up for "craft hour".

I am thinking about using some coat hanger wire to get some of the more boosterous limbs to stay in place but that's as far as I'm going. hehehe

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Hey TK, just a thought....the next time you are at a Dollar Store, check out their tool section. I found a miniature saw that is great for branches up to about an inch thick. It collapses to fold in half when not it use, for safe storage. All for a buck! It might be just enough for the branches you are working with.

What a neat idea. I LOVE the fence!

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