J. Musser

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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Feel free to contact me (@J.Musser) in our chat room (The Garden Shed) if you have anything you want to tell me, or just want to chat. You can email me at frank.j.musser@gmail.com if you need to contact me personally. This email is only used for SE, so don't be surprised if there is a delay in my response.

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Brief description of my location/climate:

3.1 acres of scrub woods and steep southwest slopes down to a swampy front yard. avg 45-60"/yr. precipitation. First frost: September 25. Last frost: April 10. Avg. low in winter is 22 degrees Fahrenheit, occasionally down to 0 or -2 to 3. Avg. high in summer is 82 degrees Fahrenheit, occasionally up to 103 to 104.


I joined this site July 6 '11. I have been gardening all my life, and have experience in the southeastern Pennsylvanian climate. I have knowledge in lawn care, tree and shrub care, general landscaping, edibles, nursery, and indoor gardening, as well as other variable aspects of horticulture.

I also have a fairly good knowledge of basic biological concepts, and have fun learning about it on Biology beta. I enjoy outdoor activities, when I can get around to them.

Feel free to drop me a note:

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comment How should I deal with my willow tree that has been butchered by the council?
@Lina A tree officer? No. But I hope the next meeting goes well for ya! Also, about the time of pruning, the person on hedgelink was wrong. The best time to prune many trees (including willow) is in the spring right before the major growth starts. The exception to this is generally for plants that bleed profusely in spring (most notably some of the maples), to avoid aesthetic problems that the sap can make. Shouldn't be an issue on your willow.
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comment Have I planted my tomato seedlings too close together?
@Thomas Yeah, I'd do it now. And yes, the 40F nights are still a little cold. If you could put them outside during warm days, that would be great also.
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comment How should I deal with my willow tree that has been butchered by the council?
@Lina That was a messy job, for sure. It's normal (because it's cheap) for a council to wait longer and cut harder than is ideal. But really, it should grow back. You really can't make them do it differently.
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@Suzanne It does depend on the chemical, but generally, the chemicals disappear faster once they actually contact soil, usually after the clippings decompose. Many chemicals can still linger in the soil for years. This might be relevant, as it covers several common lawn treatments: pets.stackexchange.com/questions/6382/…
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