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I thought that digging a swale near the macadamia would create a healthier tree. More water, more flowers, more growth - It did!
I thought that building the soil microbes with compost and humus would create a healthier tree - It did. And both of these measures saw a massive growth in the tree.
I thought that my hive of native bees would help to pollinate the flowers so we had more fruit. - It did but not enough.
The result, a huge tree in a small garden that shed shade across the vegie garden in winter.
I'm in the suburbs and have precious little room to grow as it is. So, sadly it has gone. Chopped and mulched down this week.
It's not all bad though. I've kept a pile of mulch for the compost and vegie garden paths. I've also secured a range of stems that have been trimmed to make bean and pea supports and a few sticks for my next art project.
It will live on in the garden for a while yet
The timber was immensely dense and really heavy. It will make really strong stakes.
Now, what will i plant there next???
Oh yes and by the way, the excellent tree removalist I used was very reasonably priced and a gardener and qualified arborist too. Not another plant injured or trampled in our densely packed yard. I am happy to recommend Lionel from Safeway Tree Services.

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Comment by Linda Brennan on July 31, 2010 at 9:50
HI LIssa
I expect there was no such thing as a dwarfing macadamia when this one was planted before we moved to the house. Our previous house's owners only planted 2 trees in the back yard. The other was a lychee right next to the house. I took it out last year.
Anyway, much to be said for planting trees in anticipation of their mature size. If I planted any fruiting tree at all I'd be pruning regularly, no matter what it is to keep it to a harvestable size, as even the dwarfing varieties can get very big.
Comment by Lissa on July 31, 2010 at 5:42
Linda was this a dwarf macca that you had to remove, or a regular one? I've just put in a dwarf macca and am really hoping it's going to live up to the dimensions I was advised as any bigger and I will have the same problems with it shading my veg.
Comment by Vanessa Collier on July 30, 2010 at 13:01
Thanks Linda, unfortunately we'll need a tree or two cut down at some stage so will keep this guy in mind. Sorry to hear you had to get rid of the tree. : (

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