A longtime friend of the shop, Bob Miller, stopped by this weekend to show me which end of the shovel to use when planting trees. I’ve never had much success with things that grow in the yard and I loathe yardwork in general, but after the storm last week blew down the lone craptastic tree in my front lawn, I figured reinforcements were required.
Enter two $3 Bald Cypress twigs with big-ass root stems that we managed to get packed into the holes and firmly rooted into the ground before storms set in this weekend. A SharpShooter (which runs about $30 and is uber-helpful for gigs like this) helped dig the hole and a little spade shovel removed dirt quickly. Both trees wound up looking great, if small, and after I learned how to mix top soil with native dirt and break up the clods for replanting, the whole experience went quickly for the second tree.
It turns out this planting stuff isn’t so bad if the object in question is small enough.
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