Quoted from robotron911:
Dear God, what is that monster palm tree I see in the background? In Tennessee! Is it cold hardy?
Looks like a banana?
Fun thread, around here the leaves just stay in the trees all year round. One of my shots from the hood.
Quoted from blondetall:
Yup, those are banana plants. Since it just finally dropped below the 70s within the past week and we're still in the high 40s at night, they are still going strong and will last until the first few freezes. They never last the full year to be able to produce bananas, but they are nice shade for the greenhouse in the summer and my chickens love to destroy the 6' tall leaves.
The 2 acres of ridges beyond the fence are mine and we don't touch the leaves there. I've got 3 100+ foot tall trees in the front yard that make it look like the driveway, and normally mulch them into the yard. But since it hasn't rained more than 1" since March here, my city is currently literally on fire, and we're under a red alert for air quality... I'm not doing anything. The grass is already crunchy and mostly dead anyway, so I'll get around to mulching/mowing them into the yard once I can breathe outside.
Yes, it looks bad, I read about it today in the WSJ. Hopefully it will break for you. Being in a drought sucks, as we know all too well over here. We've been in one for years with no end in sight.
Quoted from o-din:
You can thank the squirrels for that. They aren't happy just chewing on one, they feel the need to drop them all. Mostly before they are ready. I guess I should be thankful they leave me a few. Those bastards weren't around until a few years ago.
If they get dropped early like that, will they ripen up and be edible? Or are they ruined? If they are ruined, that would suck. If I had to choose between yummy avocados or the life of the squirrels----
Quoted from zr11990:
My neighbor works offshore on a job by job basis. He is home now and will be for the winter. He loves to do yardwork and asked me if he could take care of my yard. I asked how much and he said "for free". The dude mows, edges and blows leaves for nothing. Damn I'm going to hat it when he goes back to work.
Quoted from girloveswaffles:
Not rare, but not seen in my area before. I've seen at least two of them in my neighborhood in the last week. Ive seen small red ones around a park about two miles away but not these larger "Fox Squirrels" that have shown up in my yard. They may be getting scared away from the park due to ongoing freeway construction next to the park.
We've got 'em. It does depend a bit where you are, in some neighborhoods you might not see too many. I think this might be due to the types of trees, there are a lot of palms, although not everything is a palm tree. Or maybe, cats. There are a few cats that wander through my yard now and then, and I rarely see a squirrel.
Those fox squirrels are actually invaders from the east coast. The native is the gray squirrel. They are easy to tell apart, the gray is bigger, gray colored (duh) and has a big bushy tail. You don't see many grays in southern CA but I have seen a lot up north. Apparently the fox squirrels are more adaptable to urban living.
Here a few somewhat interesting references.
We also have the California ground squirrels. Those little bastards are the worst. When they got on your property they will absolutely destroy the ground with the burrowing. They are considered pests of the highest order, and you can shoot them at will any time (in areas where shooting is allowed that is, not residential areas). It is not legal to shoot the tree squirrels except during a certain hunting season.
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