In one day: 20' Acer Maple, 7' Ponderosa Pine, Espaliered Apple, Apple, Plum, and Japanese Maple. They put me on the boat last. You can see why. Truck has 185,00 miles. Getting Tired.
Getting the tree from storage...
John steadies the root ball for the voyage.
Padding the cart so not to damage too much.
Discussing the delicacy of the branches.
Fine tuning the hole.
I'm still amazed that this did not have much of a root ball. Even so this is very heavy and I will mention that it fell over on me numerous times before I got it into the ground. 3 years later it is doing very well.
mixing in compost with regular dirt.
John & Bernie hoist the beast into position.
This is rare. I do not normally get people to help me move trees around. I know what kind of abuse to give myself but i never want to dish it out to others. I'm very thankful.
A little to the right...
Positioning the tree.
This does not look like too much work.... but I got it myself. It fell over on me several times just getting it to the staging area at the farm. I'm very thankful to have help in getting this beast upright.
Positioning while filling with dirt.
Monica and John position the tree while waiting for dirt.
I think this close to 20'
This is a January planting. The well water is turned off. I have to haul water about 400' from the seasonal swamp.
A 20' Acer maple goes in on Feb 14, 2010. Bernie and John... proud hole diggers.
John and Bernie shovel like mad so the tree can be let go of... I have to say that John and Monica here deserve a tremendous thank you. I could do this alone but it is a pretty pathetic wrestling match and no one really wins on the end.
February or March in Planting. Look at it Now!
This is the 20' Acer Maple that John & Monica came out to help with back in February of 2010. It is very happy.
When I first see these buds in the Spring I start to feel a sense of accomplishment.
Maple Left: Planted 9/17/2011 Maple on Right Plated 2/2010