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  2. Aerial Roots
  3. Pet Friendly Grass Killer
  4. Planting Food in Dog Poop Yard
  5. Removing Dead Tree and Replanting New One
  6. Pieces of Tree Bark on Roots of Trees
  7. Tilling for a New Garden
Asked by sfunsten on December 14, 2010
What Are the Different Sizes of Containers That Trees Are Sold In?

I am considering buying some trees for planting in my front. I am not familiar with the “language” used by gardeners to describe tree size. I know about 5, 10 and 15 gallon containers – but what is the actual size in length of trees that are sold in said containers? Also, what is the actual size (on average) of trees sold in 24 inch box containers?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

There is no set answer for this because there are several things that influence what size the tree is. These things range from the variety of tree to the business practices of the company you are buying from. It is not something that can be generalized because tree heights and sizes vary by so much.

In general, the larger the container, the older and larger the tree. You would need to contact the specific companies you are looking to buy from and ask them how they determine the tree you are looking to purchase is repotted in larger pots. An example might be that the nursery keeps 2-3 year old maples in 5 gallon, 4 year old in 10 gallon and 5 year old in a 15 gallon.

Frankly, having to ask the company about something like this is a good test of the company. If they cannot or will not answer this question, then they might not be the best company to buy from in the first place.

Sorry that I can't be more help with this.

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Asked by Anonymous on December 30, 2010
Aerial Roots

Can we remove the aerial roots growing from our plant? The plant is doing well otherwise, now about 8-foot tall.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It is not recommended that you remove the aerial roots. If you prune them, you can open the plant up to disease. If possible, give them something to cling to, like a moss covered pole. This will keep them controlled and less unsightly.

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WillCreed

What kind of plant is it? If it is a Monstara deliciosa, feel free to remove the aerial roots without worry.

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Asked by Anonymous on March 22, 2011
Pet Friendly Grass Killer

Would like to know if there is a safe grass killer to use around fence lines in yard.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

A great organic grass killer is simply boiling water. It will kill any vegetation it comes in contact with without being dangerous to pets or people.

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Asked by Anonymous on March 30, 2011
Planting Food in Dog Poop Yard

Is it safe to plant food in a yard that my dogs have pooped in all year?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

95% of the time, manure from animals will not cause harm - but you shouldn't use it in the garden because of that other 5%. To be on the safe side, it takes about a year for any pathogens that might have been in manure from meat eating animals to die off.

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Asked by Anonymous on March 31, 2011
Removing Dead Tree and Replanting New One

I heard that if you remove a dead tree it is not a good idea to plant another one in the same spot. Is there a certain time frame for doing this? What are the consequences if we plant immediately in the same spot as dead tree?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

The reason it is not considered a good idea is because normally a tree dies from a disease and the next tree can be killed by the same disease. Plus, the weakened root system, which tends to live beyond the top of the tree, can attract disease.

If you feel the tree that was there before was disease free and died of other causes, you should be ok planting a new tree there.

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Asked by Anonymous on April 8, 2011
Pieces of Tree Bark on Roots of Trees

I’ve heard so many different things about putting tree barkĀ on tree roots. Does this hurt or damage the tree in any way?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Just get the soil tested, as decomposing wood can cause acidic soil occasionally. Other than that, it should not be an issue.

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Asked by Anonymous on April 24, 2011
Tilling for a New Garden

I just got a new tiller and I thought it would cut everything to dust. I have been raking grass for the last two days and even though they are cut up, should I rake out all the loose grass? And some of the grass seems to still be in the ground, so I tilled again and it seems all the grass doesn’t get destroyed. Now this is my first time using a tiller and I just want to be sure.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
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