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Old 09-01-2008, 05:31 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by chug-a-bug View Post
That's the wrong answer. I was not asking for the safest place to park my airstream, I was asking for suggestions for the least worst tree.
We are surrounded by live oaks. The biggest issues are the green pollen and acorns, and the acorns are not big enough to cause dents. The shade is great, and the pollen washes off with soap and water.
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Old 09-01-2008, 06:09 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by overlander63 View Post
We are surrounded by live oaks. The biggest issues are the green pollen and acorns, and the acorns are not big enough to cause dents. The shade is great, and the pollen washes off with soap and water.
Acorns might not cause dents but they do ping ping ping all night long :-)
We park under an oak at our favorite forest preserve. It's sort of cool :-)

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Old 09-01-2008, 06:57 AM   #17
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My wife tells the child hood memory of some campers (not her family) that set up under a hedge apple tree. She says you could hear the drum roll al night long!
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Old 09-01-2008, 09:04 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by chug-a-bug View Post
Kevin, thanks for the suggestion. Unfortunately I will need quicker growth. Steve.
Again,fast growing trees are not what you want. They are shorter lived and their structure is not one that withstands windstorms well.
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Old 09-01-2008, 09:26 AM   #19
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Shade tree

Hey folks, none of us are thinking right this long weekend.

The VERY BEST shade tree, is a money tree, well almost perfect.

Everything it drops, is very welcomed.

Makes a person pray for daily wind gusts, so they can scoop up the money the tree drops.

Gotta be very careful though when you fertilize the tree. Not enough and you get dollar bills, and too much and you get the out of circulation thousand dollar bills.

When you get it just right, you get hundred dollars bills, with a few 20's tossed in for good measure. You know, new growth.

Rumor in California, is that Home Depot is adding that tree to their landscaping essentials.

Problem is that they are trying to figure out a way to restrict the purchases to Airstream owners only.

Home Depot says that they will start selling it as soon as California passes it's already 60 day late budget. Hmmm.

Sounds political to me.

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We planted six Chinese Elms along our driveway about 12 years ago. They are about 15 feet from the edge of the concrete and they shade the drive way and our Airstream. The branches are very small and if they break in the wind, they are small enough to not do any damage.

After 12 years of growth, they are about 25' tall. The down side is that they branch out low and require a good bit of pruning early to keep the drive way open, the roots are very invasive, and they do shed a lot of small limbs. The upside is that they have a very dense shade and the limbs that fall are very small.
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Old 09-01-2008, 02:20 PM   #21
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"The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit." Nelson Henderson

That being said, I planted two trees this year that I am hoping will provide shade in my life time. I selected them primarily for their fast growth. As stated earlier, fast growing trees usually are not as long lived or as fond of remaining upright as slow growing trees. I am hoping the two that I planted will be a good compromise.

One is a multi-stem Heritage Birch that I ordered on-line from Sooner Plant Farm. It has grown about 3 ft since planting it in late May. The other is a Hybrid Poplar that I orderd from Fast Growing Trees. Hybrid Poplar Trees I am pretty certain that it would have grown about as much as the birch tree but the deer have eaten it back twice this summer. I have taped a clump of my dogs hair to it and that seems to have deterred the deer and growth has resumed.

I agree that you should position the tree between your trailer and the offending Sun. Not directly over it. Besides leaves, limbs, fruit, nuts and pollen you can expect a good amount of bird cr#p as well.

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