June 5, 2014
Creating access to trim your tropical plants
The trick to it is to create access without making places look like a path. It's quite a challenge!
As you can see in this photo, I have some small *stepping stones* behind the cycads and miniature palm trees. They are not meant to look like paths, in fact, visitors should not really pay any attention to them. They're just places where I can safely put my feet when I need to get back there and trim the plants.
The rocks back there also perform another function, they cover the *spaghetti tubing* that comes from the main water line and goes over to the plants. I don't want to accidentally kick that tubing, or really to disturb it at all.
Last season I made the mistake of planting some small elephant ear plants that very quickly got big, and were difficult to get access to. So I got rid of them, and gave them to a friend a few days ago. Now my goal is keep this access clear so that when the cycads really get growing, I can get back there and trim as needed.
Posted by Brad Hall