Have shovel, still traveling.

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More trees were replaced/planted yesterday…. this time as far away from the house as is possible.

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And after all the rain we’ve had, I don’t think watering them will be necessary for a while.

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There’s a reason none of the trees my husband plants in our far back yard live and it’s called clay. While there’s nice topsoil near the house, our property slopes down to the woods and eventually to the banks of a river…. and around here that means clay. Saturated with water in the spring, cracked bone dry in the summer… but that doesn’t deter my husband. No sir.

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Two of these beauties were purchased and planted.

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Marrying an eternal optimist makes for a lot of work.

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Whether theses trees will last any longer than the previous elms, oaks or apples he planted is any one’s guess.

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27 thoughts on “Have shovel, still traveling.”

  1. … when I lived in bentonite paradise, the experts said the hole should be dug three to four times the diameter of the root ball and the back-fill should be heavily amended with mulching and peat moss.

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    1. Yes, it should. And I tell my husband that every time he plants… for which I receive hateful looks and an offer of the shovel. Digging through hard clay isn’t the laugh a minute you’d think it would be.
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      1. We bought two. One arrived broken and they replaced it immediately. We planted the broken one anyway. The replacement is thriving. The broken one is doing well. The second original tree is not doing well. The gave us a credit for it. We’re going to wait and see how well it does.. We had several long cold snaps with little or no snow on the ground, so that may have hurt its chances.

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