weed problems

Diane Whitehead voltaire@islandnet.com
Fri, 09 Oct 2009 12:17:24 PDT
The trees that cause me many hours of weeding are bigleaf maples -  
Acer macrophyllum.  Sometimes I use pole pruners and cut off as many  
bunches of seeds as I can reach.  I'm trying to picture birch trees  
with seeds - I suspect they don't gather them in convenient bunches  
like the maple does.

If I had lots of seedpots and pots with dormant bulbs, I would cover  
them with a king-sized sheet in seed shedding season.  Then - hmm.   
Into the washer?

Your problems may diminish.  Birch trees here have problems.  European  
birch has been used a lot here - in parks, gardens and even as a  
boulevard tree along some of our streets.  The tops are now dead, but  
I can't remember why.  Something fairly new here.

Diane Whitehead
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
maritime zone 8, cool Mediterranean climate
mild rainy winters, mild dry summers

>  I live in a townhouse alongside some birch trees.  As you may know,  
> a single birch produces millions of seed each season - every one  
> viable!  Birch seed seeps in through the tiniest cracks; it gets  
> into everything: bedding, rugs, toweling, pet's hair; it forms  
> windrows in the driveway.  My pots get covered with a "mulch" of  
> viable birch seed.

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