On November 3rd, it was cold and windy. That was the day chosen for the tree planting. For some reason, tree planting days are always cold and windy.
I am now a member of the Tree Planting Committee. We travel around our community and plant trees, sort of like Johnny Appleseed. Well almost. We planted some birch, maple, and flowering crab apple trees. Altogether, we planted eight trees at two locations.
At our first location, Ransom Village, we expected to encounter holes ready to receive the new trees. Instead, we encountered chalk marks where the holes for four trees were going to go. So we got out the shovels and started digging. Digging through heavy clay soil is quite the aerobic workout so… what can I say? I got exercise. Lots of it. We dug our holes and started planting our trees and then… oops, we didn’t have enough top soil so we had to wait until Linda went to a hardware store and bought more top soil for us. So I was standing there and holding the tree up for some time. That was just about all I could do because I was stuck in mud. Yep, and wearing hiking boots because I don’t have any rubber rain boots. Finally the top soil came and we filled in the hole with top soil and more of our lovely clay.
I was able to walk through a puddle and clean off my boots, sort of. I was still wearing that lovely clay on my boots but that was all right. I was riding in Diane’s car and she said that a little dirt wouldn’t hurt it. Her boots were pretty muddy, too.
At Ransom Village, we had a photography session. I ran to the car to get my camera. The other Johnny Appleseed types said, “Hurry up, Lois Lane, and get your camera.” I turned around and looked for Superman but he wasn’t there. So I got my camera and took a picture or two and then someone else took a picture so I could be in it.
Here is the tree planting crew:
Our second stop was in front of a business called Wheelhouse Marine. There we found four very deep holes awaiting us. They were happily dug by the town highway department. They were too deep for the trees. If you plant the tree in a hole that’s too deep, you have a problem because the tree’s root collar cannot be underground or covered up by anything, including mulch. The root collar is where the roots and the trunk meet.
Well, the deep holes were also filled with water so the water had to be removed before the trees could be planted. Then we filled the holes with a combination of top soil (which was at this location in a nice pile… the highway department did a great job) and clay, and we planted the trees.
At each location, the trees were staked and the trunks were wrapped with cardboard.
The tree planting project took three hours.
After it was over, I was very happy to go home and drink a cup of delicious hot tea!
Our next tree planting date will be early next spring.