Afraid of another hot summer in 2016, landscapers on the site pictured below chose to replace dead cedars (Thuja) with yews (Taxus). Are they expecting the other cedars to eventually die as well? How do you like the cedar/yew mix effect?
Is this a good solution?
This is exciting! The first real study on conflicts between landscape trees and lawn care equipment. 62% of all study trees had wounding. The most critical section is 4.2 Implications of wounding. This can be used to educate lawn care workers on why tree wounding should be avoided.
Do you blade edge or vertical your lawn edges with a line trimmer? Verticals are cheaper; same machine and no blades to buy but big companies I know don't allow vertical edging. Personally, I think it's not as precise as blade edging and there is no guard to protect the worker and passerby from flying debris; and you shred a lot line in the process. It also takes much longer to master verticals. I can teach you proper blade edging in ten minutes.
In the picture, the top has been blade edged (municipal zone); the bottom edge (private company zone) gets vertical treatment from a line edger. The blade clearly wins in this case.
How do YOU edge?
Vas Sladek, B.Sc., CLT
Red Seal Journeyman Landscape Horticulturist and ISA certified arborist