Folks are always fond of announcing the finishing of some project. Well, today, we are one day away from planting all TLW’s trees. Yesterday, I dug six holes and today we planted a Thuja occidentalis and five shrubs. All that remains are a cluster of Russian sage and five more Thuja and those will go in tomorrow. I’m pretty well finished mine too. I’ve a few hackberries in pots and a few baby sugar maples. The maples will likely not be planted until next year because they are so small yet. The hackberries may magically appear in the four corners of our lot, like anchors to the arboretum. They can grow to 60 feet in height and live hundreds of years. I tried that with Ponderosa pine and oak but things didn’t go well. It takes a lot to kill either of those but the oak died and the pine died back… so hackberry it is. I might leave the hackberries in pots, just repotting to something larger for next year, so that they don’t interfere with the imminent planting of the lawn.
We are a corner lot with just three close neighbours. One has a ton of trees, another has many and another has just a few. With two summers of planting we are definitely putting our property on the map.