Nature over there

What kind of title is that? you may ask

Well, let me tell you. As I said in my “about” page, I am from South America and everything is different there. Now that I live in the midwest I can feel a little more like home than the PNW. DON’T get me wrong, I loooove the PNW but rain there is more like drizzle. It’s a lot of fun and you don’t really get wet but here in the midwest it rains buckets. It’s AWESOME! I love it. Even though I get wet and it’s uncomfortable, I still love it.

Storms here in the midwest remind me of the power of nature. When there is a tornado or just the thunder and lightning  I feel small and insignificant. That is cool! It reminds me that I am definitely not the center of the universe and there is much that is outside my control.

Now, back to “Nature over there”. What is meant with that is that nature in South America is a little different than here. The climate is sub-tropical which means that there is an abundance of humidity and storms and rain. Now, when it rains there you want to hide, get on high ground, find a boat, etc. You get the picture.

The thing I love about all this is that although it’s not fun for most of us to endure the harsh weather, nature seems to love it! Trees are huge and very green, grass grows like it’s on steroids, and overall everything is just very green.

I am hoping to be able to go down there soon to see old friends and enjoy the beautiful clean nature and AMAZING natural food again. I just saw a couple pictures of people eating fruit picked from their trees in the backyard and the fruit is HUGE!

There is nothing better than fruit picked from a tree. YOu know where it grew up, where you got it from and you know if it has any chemicals in it or not. Most people can’t say that about their food. I guess I just really miss good fruit and vegetables.

I had to write this post to give you a tiny insight into the nature of South America because I love it and miss it a lot. See you in the next post. If you like to read the other posts simply click me. OR if you wanna write me do so.

Invite the storms

Storms are GREAT!

Now why would I say that? Well, the obvious answer is because I believe that.  Storms do much more than destroy trees, houses, landscapes, etc. Most people simply look at a strom and see or think destruction. It is true, there is much destruction but that is where we stop. We don’t see beyond what we perceive to be the full reality.

What do I mean by we don’t look beyond what we percieve at first? well, for example TV news. Most (or many) of us sit down for dinner or after dinner in front of the TV and let a nes anchor tell us what happened aroind the world that day. Usually most news are bad or devastating. that works in our subconscious and we start to think that our neighbourhood, city, state and country are going down the drain.

In less words: we let subjective reality rule objective truth and reality. This is due to our fast paced/food mentality. We want to know what is going on every instant.

However, there is much more going on behind the curtain, under the surface and in history.

Back to our storms. The TV news analogy was to give you an idea of how we perceive reality. We take what is in front of us and store it in our mental folder called “reality/truth/relevant”. This is misconceived at best. There is always more going on and there is usually a bigger reality than what we see right before our very eyes.

Storms are good for nature because they soften the earth, they move things around and encourage growth. The destruction that we supposedly see is minor compared to the growth that happens beneath the surface.

All the roots that are able to go deeper and that are stimulated through the lightning and thunder and the seeds that start growing, the plants that are stimulated and the loosening of dirt that happens is simply incomparable to the few branches and trees that are lost in the process.

-Remember that everything has its price- ( a quote from the movie “my life in ruins”)

Something has to give in order for something else to become better. Someone has to pay a price for another to rise.

Its the cycle of life. Now, every time that I hear that I think of something bad. “well, thats the way it goes, just accept it and move on”. That is not what I mean. By “cycle of life” I mean that nature has a way of doing things and we should focus on the positve outcomes and not on the negative. Our view of things will change if we look at the good things that come out of it.

Life is good, nature is good. Nature does it’s things and its good. We can admire, retrieve, curse, or simply enjoy it. It’s our choice.

Choose to admire and enjoy nature and everything it gives.

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Pruning trees

Trees
I love trees! Yes, I just wrote that. The life that they give, the beauty, majesty and peace. Every day I go on runs and while I do that I do my best to observe most trees that I see. Why would I do that? Because of a couple reasons. First of all I love seeing the different forms and shapes. I admire their canopy and all the different colors. My soul becomes more peaceful as I surround myself with nature.
The second reason I observe trees is because I want to see how they were pruned (or not) or what could be pruned to make the. Look better. Many of the trees I see on the street would look phenomenal if they were only pruned a little.

That brings me to my second post:
Yesterday I wrote about minor pruning a couple branches that hang low over the sidewalk or simply branches you want to get rid of. Now what if your tree needs to fill out on one side or it is spoty?
I have been waiting to talk about that. I am sure there are people who could tell you everything that I am saying but with scientific words. Anyways, I have shied away from writing because I don’t have a masters degree in horticulture nor did I study everything I am saying in a classroom. However, I am 100% convinced that people who learned everything in a classroom know less but are more recognized by society than those who learned by reading AND practising.
Now that I had my moment of honesty I will tell you about pruning a tree to fill out bare spots. To start of you do the same things as pruning a little bit. You step back and look at the tree. Now, lets assume that somewhere in the middle on the right side you have an ugly bare spot. What you want to do is go close to the tree. Actually go into it and look for branches that are obstructive. Spots where there are two branches together, I mean 1 inch or so close to each other and they go in the same direction. What you do is choose one of them and prune it off. You do that with the whole tree, but it is not necessary to spend much time there.

Then you go to the second phase. The second phase is focusing on cutting branches that are not playing a particular role in the overarching beauty of the tree. To find those I mainly focus on the center of the tree. There are many branches that “suck the juice” without actually giving the tree beauty or adding anything but greenery to it. In fact my thought is always this: If I cut those branches, what will the tree look like in a year or 5? Will it be bigger, prettier, stronger or will it not.

Always remember, don’t get overly zealous and cut to much. You can always cut more but you can’t glue branches back on. Pruning a tree is an art and you wanna do it slowly and gently. Take your time. At the end it will feel great because you accomplished something and you create beauty that lasts.

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Welcome

Hi everybody! Welcome to my new website. I hope you enjoy the upcoming posts. I will do my best to keep blogging and sharing my life with you guys. There is nothing I love more than being outside, gardening, mowing grass, pruning trees and trimming hedges and plants. I will be writing about these topics and I hope they are of your liking.

I want to start of by saying that I have worked for quite a while at a nursery and know how to prune plants and trees. I even worked at a mature tree nursery where the biggest trees we transplanted where over 30 feet tall… in “body” the elf’s words: GINORMOUS! The funnest part about trees is pruning them and making them even more beautiful. If you know what you are doing it can be very easy but if not you could hurt the tree more than necessary.

Trees:

The first thing to remember is that whenever you prune you will hurt the plant, tree or whatever you are pruning. Pruning in a sense is like cutting your hair but unlike on human hair, plants hurt when you cut something. Now that we have that off the table we can talk about pruning. Never forget though that you wanna hurt the tree/plant/shrub as little as possible.

Before you even think about cutting a branch go back. Backup as far as you have to to get a good look at the tree. You want to be able to see the whole tree, so the bigger the tree the further you have to move back. Now, behold the beauty of the tree. If you can, go around the tree and see the whole tree from different angles. After you have looked at the big picture you can think about what you wanna do with it. If there are a couple branches that are hanging low over the sidewalk and you need to take them out, then look and imagine the tree without those branches. Will the tree still look good? I will get to the details of how to prune a branch later.

Now, while you are still back looking at the whole tree and you see the form, does it look full? messy? without form? Depending on the answer to these you will have to proceed differently. Lets assume for a second that the tree looks great from far away, it has a great canopy and all it needs is a light pruning from the bottom. Your tree is close to the sidewalk and there are a couple branches hanging lower than Xft from the ground.

After you have accessed all that you can go close and work on each individual branch. ALWAYS remember to slow down, step back and see the big picture. Why? because you can always prune more branches but you can’t glue one on that was not supposed to come off.

The next thing is pruning the branch/es. How exactly do you prune a branch? Do you cut at the height that you think its safe and you will be able to pass easily underneath it again? the answer to all this is NO! So what to do. Most branches have a Y shape somewhere. Now that you are pruning branches that are close to the bottom of the canopy that Y shape will be upside down. You must identify that place for each branch you are gonna prune. Once you identified it you want to cut just after the Y. The perfect cut should be less than 1 inch from the Y and more than 1/4 of an inch from it. Why there? If you cut too close the tree can be negatively affected when it heals itself as an open could occur where insects can enter and damage the tree. The same can happen if you cut too far. That 1 inch or longer piece will die and it can rot and attract insects.

To sum it up, make sure you see the big picture before making any changes. Next, make sure to only prune as necessary and never more than 25% of the overall canopy. Identify the spot where you will cut and make sure to cut as instructed to avoid incurring in more damage than necessary.

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