I imagine that many of you will remember the “Where’s Waldo” series of books that were very popular in the 1980’s – they were very good for keeping young children entertained as well as for keeping adult minds sharp trying to spot something in a busy picture.
In the last blog entry entitled “Wind Chimes” I alluded to the other job that we worked on during the long weekend in May. It’s kind of a Where’s Waldo sort of job – one that when you finish requires someone to look really close to spot the difference between the first photo and the second one.
I had a blog entry last fall about the sod, underground sprinklers and the maple tree in the area between the house and the garage. There was also an entry about the circular “flower” garden with it’s massive rocks and the two trees in there. Well the rest of “yard” has been waiting a couple of years for our attention. We had applied for PRFA trees last year but we were in Europe and missed the pick up date so we reapplied this year. We also applied to Shand Power for trees. We did this as you don’t always get your first choice so we thought better too many trees than too few (really?).
So we pretty much got everything we asked for this year and then maybe even a few more! So the second week in May we picked up two boxes of “trees”. Better let me explain that these are tree and shrub “sticks” rather than actual trees. The average height is about 12″ – basically a baby Charley Brown Christmas tree. So we got well over 500 of them. We had to submit a yard plan which included what we wanted and where it was going but then we got double the amount of trees!
~~89 buffalo berry (in a north south row past garage)
~~6 “big” spruce moved (into the “spruce grove” and 10 babies planted
~~23 green ash (south of spruce grove)
~~40 hawthorn (in a north south row by garden)
~~32 dogwood and 3 sand cherry (by septic outflow)
~~20 Manitoba maple, dogwood and sand cherry (by the west rocks)
~~75 mixed roses, sand cherry, hawthorn and dogwood (by south slough)
~~30 spruce “heeled” in small planters
~~40 Saskatoon’s and 10 sand cherry (by natural grove)
~~10 trembling aspen (by south slough)
~~ lilacs (still to be done) (west of garden)
So as you can see we planted the trees in a minimally invasive way so that we won’t spend the next 20 years rototilling around them but rather we’ll just keep the native grasses cut in that area. We did dig out a lot of sod “holes” for the tree seedlings and could have build a round house out of them all but we didn’t! I suspect you’ll find them hard to spot – I guess in about 10 years I’ll have to do a blog update so you can see them!
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