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 Post subject: Mimosa
PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2016 10:44 pm 
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Our neighbours are winge-ing that our beautiful mimosa tree is pushing up shoots in their garden. They're asking that we deal with it. Should we just cut it down. Seems a shame as the birds love it.

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 Post subject: Re: Mimosa
PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2016 11:18 pm 
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Cutting it down is most likely to increase the sucker problem as the tree tries to regenerate through the root system.

Best advice is to ask your neighbour to allow you to cut down all of the suckers on his land and to then dig a trench close to the boundary - on your side - cut all of the roots and dig out as much root on his side of the cut that you can.

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 Post subject: Re: Mimosa
PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:44 am 
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Your neighbour is entitled to prune / remove any roots from your tree on his land (article 37, Code rural). I don't think you need to do anything yourself.

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 Post subject: Re: Mimosa
PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:49 am 
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Agreed, Mad

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 Post subject: Re: Mimosa
PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 1:18 pm 
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Thank you!
They are actually two old Spinster sisters. Deaf as posts but nice enough. They have a regular gardener so I guess we can just tell him to do what he needs to do.

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 Post subject: Re: Mimosa
PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 4:07 pm 
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Kind of reminds me of my neighbour In the UK back in the 70s, she complained of all of the fallen leaves from my fruit trees.
My response was "well we could cut down all of the trees but then it wouldn't be a country lane would it", she ran into her house in tears stupid cow.

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 Post subject: Re: Mimosa
PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 4:29 pm 
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:lol:

funnily enough this weekends storm 'relocated' all our silver birch leaves into the old Dears garden.
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 Post subject: Re: Mimosa
PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 4:31 pm 
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Have you had the tree long, Scooby?
My friend bought one 2 years ago, and it succumbed to frost in the first winter. It was a very young tree, a more mature one might be frost-hardy, otherwise needs winter protection.


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 Post subject: Re: Mimosa
PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 9:42 am 
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We are too close to the sea for frost. It got bad wind-burn during the 2014 storm so we had to prune it quite severely. Since then it's grown well (too well obviously)
It was already here when we bought the house. I'd guess it's about 6 years old.

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 Post subject: Re: Mimosa
PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:22 am 
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Back in the great freeze five years ago as we were about to move mami was so pleased to see lots of Mimosa's in the region, that winter the coldest for 60 years in south Dordogne minus 15 to 21 c many were knocked off, however within a year they had regrown, shows that when established they will survive, it's getting them to that stage which is a problem, we planted two In the spring and they have grown about two meters this year, just hoping we get another mild winter like last.

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 Post subject: Re: Mimosa
PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 12:25 pm 
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When you talk about Mimosa, I assume you both mean the one with the gorgeous yellow flowers ? I gather that a lot of people refer to the Albizia as "mimosa".


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 3:51 pm 
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One of ours is the one as seen on French TV every spring when the Var is blooming, acacia dealbata, the other flowers later, bought as mimosa quatre saisons. A bit different from the usual and has very long narrow leaves and slightly less fluffy flower bunches.

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 Post subject: Re: Mimosa
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It's beautiful - I hadn't thought of planting one here. Palms and ferns thrive here, as does Pittosporum which I found to be a bit tender in the UK (doesn't like to get too cold !) so Mimosa would be fine as far as temps go. But I'm not sure whether it likes sandy soil - which can always have loads of terreau put on/in it ! The local dechetterie sells it by the trailer load and it's very cheap - all the paysagistes use it.


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I don't know which variety ours is, but it has really pretty yellow flowers. Our soil is very salty here. Makes the raspberries and tomatoes taste fab.

I even have 3 (very small) Avocado trees growing. I don't cover them in winter and they seem to deal with it. My theory is that in 10 years when they produce fruit, the planet will have warmed up enough for Bretagne Avocado production. ;))

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 Post subject: Re: Mimosa
PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 7:15 pm 
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According to most, Mimosa's like sandy to loamy soil, acid to neutral.
However here we have a very heavy clay soil but on planting our two as always we dug in a lot of our own compost mixed with the awful dechetterie stuff which we normally only use for mulching.

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 Post subject: Re: Mimosa
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Our dechetterie stuff is really good ! It must depend on the area. They do terre vegetale for mulching :)


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