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Veteran Tree Preservation in Ecuadorian Highlands

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October 21, 2018

I visited the historic tree known as El Lechero (Sapium glandulosum) located on a hill 9,340 ft. (2,847 m.) above sea level overlooking Otavalo in northern Ecuador. The tree has been an important ceremonial tree for the indigenous community of Pucará Alto and the greater indigenous population of Otavalo for many generations. Otavalo is well-known for its Indian market and the high quality, hand-made weavings and textiles produced there. El Lechero is also a significant tourist stop for ...

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Canary Island Date Palm and the Weevil

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I just had a Canary Island Date Palm die, how do I protect the others in my yard from this weevil?
thanks

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There is no product that will provide 100% protection from the palmetto weevil. But there are some that will help. I should not give pesticide advice especially since I don’t know where you are located. Every county in the country has a  Cooperative Extension office which is part of the land grant college in your state. Usually you can ...

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Slime Flux on my maple tree

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I have a big maple on the side of my driveway that for sure has slime flux disease. You and your father are the only ones who thankfully say it is not fatal. The “tree guy” I had look at it yesterday has already made himself an appointment for next week to cut down the tree. He pointed out “African” bees on it to which I expressed doubt and let him know they have been harmless and have been enjoying ...

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Mulch for palms

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Generally any mulch consisting of organic material is good. Often organic mulch from palm parts is stringy and not as esthetically pleasing as pine straw, pine bark or wood chips. My favorite mulch is that produced by tree service chippers especially that of pine trees and broad leaf trees. It includes twigs, leaves, branches, bark and wood all homogenized in a nice mix. There is another problem with palm mulch — ganoderma zonatum, the dreaded butt rot disease. It is ...

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