A gift from Jan & Vic. A neighbor had planted a California Redwood about 1930 at her home. This volunteer sprung up a few years ago a few blocks away from the big tree just off of the road. Jan & Vic knew that the tree would be cut at an early age so they dug it up and brought it home. It will now go to the Woodland Garden along our wetland.
Redwood in Ballard neighborhood planted in the wring location by the previous owner. It was planted under a giant pear tree. This tree would of eventually taken over the entire back yard. 11/16/12
In May or June of this year I dug a trench around the tree about 4' in diameter. This cut off quite a bit of the root system while allowing the tree to be nourished by a water bag. We put a watering bag (Gator Bag) that holds 20 gallons of water. The bag was filled once a week. This soil was the richest soil I have ever seen. NO ROCKS! When it came time to dig this up yesterday the tree came right out of the ground. I got rid of most of the dirt and drove it out to the farm today and planted it.
There does not seem to be much of a root ball after I dug this out. It is still exactly what I had carved out earlier in the summer.
Out of the ground. Wrapped in burlap and chicken wire. I can move this myself without all of the dirt. 11/16/12
The neighbors graciously allow me access to their driveway and street side since it would not have fit out of the gate on the lot I dug it up in. 11/16/12
Loaded on the street. The trailer provides a great barrier between me and other cars behind me. Lights too. 11/16/12
To the left a Douglas Fir kicks the bucket because of too much water... The Redwood will thrive here. 11/17/12
The soil here at the farm is very similar to where it was dug up. Very rich, lots of water from the spring located about 20' away. This area stays wet all through the end of July. This tree will get tremendous sun here too. 11/17/12
I infill with dirt, cover with coffee sacks and then 1 1/2" of sawdust. This will help when it gets really cold. Add 20 galons of water and B11 for root hormone. 11/17/12
I mounded up all of the grass for a little moat around the tree.11/17/12
Taken from the road. We needed something more to block the looky lues from the road. 11/17/12 Thank you Krista and Aaron.
Jeri's Redwood. Planted Jan 7, 2013. All the limbs are still flexible and the root structure was really good.
Jeri's Redwood next to the seasonal swamp. Jan 7, 2013. Thank you Jeri!
Diane's Redwood on the far left. Planted Jan 7, 2013. Beginning of Redwood Trail.
Sandy's Redwood. Jan 7, 2013.
Redwood will grow up between 2 Doug Firs. Thank you Sandy.
Jan & Vic's Redwood. Started as a sapling on the roadside from an 80 year old Redwood. Thank you Jan & Vic!
Jan 7, 2013 Redwood Trail.