Rob Halpern

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    Well, they will require irrigation but they also must be large enough to allow sufficient root growth to support vines as large as you want.

    #150840

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    One more point: your illustration indicates a rather small planter for this vine of which much is expected. The limited soil will both limit the vine and ry out very quickly

    #150841

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    Jamie makes excellent points.

    I would add that vines can require a lot of maintenance to keep them looking good and prevent them from consuming the Universe. Are the clients prepared for that?

    #150875

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    Be cautious of tree species that require a dormancy. Almost all oaks and Lagerstroemia require a great deal of light indoors.

    #150876

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    Important issues that I believe have not been mentioned:

    If the same tree species is to be used, it must thrive in the outdoor conditions but also indoor conditions: winter heat and dry air, summer AC, light level. If light is coming only from above then there will be leaves only on the perimeter of the canopy.

    The type of glazing over the planter will affect the exact light quality and quantity available. It may appear “partial to full sun” but in actuality translate into “dappled shade.” The specifics of the glazing matter. Partial sun outside is far more light than partial sun indoors.

    You need a species that is very adaptable as to light and himidity levels if you want the same one indoors and out.

    The hole need be no deeper than 3′. There must be free drainage and there should be a clean-out for the drainage.

    Consider how maintenance issues such as insect control will be accomplished. A citrus with scale permanently planted in a living room is a hassle. Using strong systemics inside has potential issues as well should that be considered.

    How will it be watered?

    What soil mix will you use indoors? Repotting a permanenet indoor tree is a real project

    Think it through completely

    #150922

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    As you are presenting what appears to be a public space I would add more people: make the space alive.
    And while I am not a SkethUp artist, it looks flat to me. The structures pop but the landscape is indistinct. That may reflect your design priorities and what you feel it is important to communicate, but for me they do not feel compelling landscapes.

    #151019

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    Much of the time the reason for a plant not being non-native is that it doesn’t compete well with local vegetation while young. 

    No, that is not so. There are a number of limiting factors for plants: soils, drainage, exposure, competing species,differences in microclimate,  lack of suitable pollinators, lack of suitable seedling conditions, etc., etc., etc.

    #151020

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    Western larch is more frost sensitive than its cousins. Early frosts will damage it while other larix species tend to start hardening off in mid-summer

    #151202

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    a DEMOCRACY (a Nation of Capitalism)

    Someone needs a dictionary and some classes in political science. Most Fascist nations are capitalists. Many democracies aren’t exactly capitalists.

    Glad you’re happy but the business outlook is very uncertain. Will there be a trade war with China? Or a shooting war? Maybe. Will there be trade barriers with Mexico and South America or even Europe? Probably. What will all of this do to consumer prices domestically? And how will that affect business? With a single Tweet the President has damaged stock prices. Business cannot prosper in an uncertain environment. Especially for those of us with international clients, the situation is dicey.

    #151098

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    I can’t vouch for the landscape quality but here is the newest

    http://blooloop.com/link/etihad-museum-dubai-uae/

    #151212

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     He has stated that he plans to put forth a Trilion dollars on our infrastructure.  And, go after ALL forms of energy, including renewable energy. 

    How will he pay for that? And how will he convince Congressional and GOP rank-and-file deficit hawks to agree to it? Promises are cheap. Infrastructure requires cash.

    He’s a successful developer, understands business & jobs.  I also thought it was interesting to note that while he is President of the U.S., he will NOT be accepting a “salary”.  Nor, will he be controlled by “special interest groups”…he doesn’t need their money.  

    Actually that is questionable. He is  certainly a sly businessman. But most of his accomplishments depended on cheating, strong-arming and stiffing governments and contractors. But now we are those contractors!

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    #151225

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    … And then there’s the sad attempt at mulching

    #151226

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    Adding to what has already been posted: far too many b&b plants are coming out of nurseries with poor root systems or having been planted too beep in nursery We must be able to get a look at the root ball at planting in order to correct any issues. Where is the root flare? Don’t know: can’t see it.

    There also is growing scientific consensus that the best future for a plant is a complete root washing so that the tree (shrubs, whatever) is planted basically bare root. Fastest adaptation to new soil environment. There is little good to be said about what this contractor did. But they have learned that the death of the tree will occur long after any warranty has expired

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