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I agree that the hole doesn't need to be too large, unless there are roots wound inside the tube that should be loosened and spread out. I am not familiar with the Katsura but did see that, due to the shallow roots, it should be mulched and watered if there is a dry spell. Sorry I can't be more help. How did your seedling do? Did the technique work for you?
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From what I have read the "boiled" just dries more quickly. Plain linseed oil may take weeks to dries verses days for the "boiled".
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If the entrance hole is only 1-1/8" in diameter wrens can get in but the hole will be too small for other birds like sparrows. We like wrens because they are great insect eaters.
I just added one.
Wrens are territorial so the houses should be out of sight from each other.
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That would probably work. For tomatoes we normally let them get almost a foot tall and then plant them in a trench. http://www.kdcomm.net/~tomato/Tomato/trench.htm
Most birders say houses should face away from the prevailing winds to prevent rain from blowing in. We face our wren houses to point east since most bad weather in our area comes from the west. I don't know about wind direction in the New Orleans area.
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