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Old 06-24-2020, 08:18 PM   #1041
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Hate from your neighbours? Just pave it all and paint part green!

Actually I know a house nearby that paved the whole thing.. but I guess that's against some bylaw and they had to tear part of it up. Oops.
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Old 06-24-2020, 08:31 PM   #1042
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Year round actually.
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Old 06-25-2020, 08:40 PM   #1043
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So our birch trees in the back yard have, for the last few summers, had kinda large greyish patches dried-out, that would cover about half of a leaf. I thought it was a watering-related thing. Today, I held one of the leaves up to the light, and discovered that the interior of the leaf is kinda hollowed out and inflated, and there's a larva wiggling around inside it.

Looks like leaf-mining sawflies based on googling it. I never even knew that leaf-mining was a thing; it's kinda crazy that it's inflating and hollowing out the internal space of a leaf. Good news is it doesn't sound like it's particularly harmful to the tree, but the bad news is that there doesn't seem to be any easy fix since the insects are protected from any pesticide by a layer of leaf.
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Old 06-25-2020, 09:07 PM   #1044
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So our birch trees in the back yard have, for the last few summers, had kinda large greyish patches dried-out, that would cover about half of a leaf. I thought it was a watering-related thing. Today, I held one of the leaves up to the light, and discovered that the interior of the leaf is kinda hollowed out and inflated, and there's a larva wiggling around inside it.

Looks like leaf-mining sawflies based on googling it. I never even knew that leaf-mining was a thing; it's kinda crazy that it's inflating and hollowing out the internal space of a leaf. Good news is it doesn't sound like it's particularly harmful to the tree, but the bad news is that there doesn't seem to be any easy fix since the insects are protected from any pesticide by a layer of leaf.
Yup. Super common in Calgary. We’ve had them every year prior to this one (knock on wood). This year I’ve watered our birch like crazy and it seems to have helped.
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Besides cost, its there any reason not to put artificial turf on your front lawn, especially if a driveway takes up 75% of the front yard?
What I did with my yard is put nothing but rundle slate rocks out front. No grass at all. Looks nice because it's not a typical look.

This week has been fun....... I have had to prune 130 trees, only have about 2/3rds done and then I have to go back and re-check everything to make sure it's okay.

Add on a few things didn't survive that brutal cold snap and I'll also have to replant about 20 things, makes for a fun week of gardening. Looking forward to it being done.
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What I did with my yard is put nothing but rundle slate rocks out front. No grass at all. Looks nice because it's not a typical look.

This week has been fun....... I have had to prune 130 trees, only have about 2/3rds done and then I have to go back and re-check everything to make sure it's okay.

Add on a few things didn't survive that brutal cold snap and I'll also have to replant about 20 things, makes for a fun week of gardening. Looking forward to it being done.
Yeah, I'm either doing a gravel-y type front (likely rundle rock) or artificial turf. It's going to be a tiny sliver of front yard (pie lot).
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Old 06-26-2020, 08:28 AM   #1047
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Yeah, I'm either doing a gravel-y type front (likely rundle rock) or artificial turf. It's going to be a tiny sliver of front yard (pie lot).
You definitely want to make sure you select the right filling for your pie.
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It looks like it’s been about 3 years since the last question on this, so can anyone recommend a good arborist/tree service they’ve used recently? The Manitoba Maple (AKA F’ing Weed) in my yard is out of control and desperately needs a haircut.
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Old 06-30-2020, 09:57 PM   #1049
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Raven Tree Services is now my go-to. Booked them last week for a Manitoba Maple as well. They are booking into October already.
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We used Tree Frog for the Green Ash in front of our house. They did the trick.
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My brother in law is an arborist. Check him out:
http://Letreecare.com
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I think 4x4 knows a good arborist. Where is that guy anyways?
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