Sunday, December 30, 2012

More Tree Plantings - Nuttall Oaks

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In my previous post, I detailed my first tree planting at my new house.  It was a huge b&b Nuttall Oak that was planted in the Northwest corner of my yard.  In the picture below that tree is planted where the shed is.  I also wanted a big tree because I wanted to provide screening from my neighbors behind me.

I can't stop at planting one tree, what fun would that be?  Lucky for me, within 10 minutes of my new house are two nurseries.  I stopped by one of them and I scored two more Nuttall oaks.  Better than that is I got them for a steal of a price.  They were 50% off and only cost me $25 per tree.

They aren't the prettiest trees, in fact they are pretty much broom sticks with little to no branching.  However, I can see past that and I know with a little care they will make fine trees.  One of the two was in serious decline and may not make it, but for the price it was worth a shot.

I planted the trees in my South facing side yard and I hope in 5 to 10 years they will provide shade for my house in the afternoon sun during our hot Summers.  In the picture below, the pin marks represent roughly where the trees were planted.  They are pretty tall trees at about 12 feet, but since they were crooked broom sticks, I staked them down to help them grow straight and protect them from the wind.

I look forward to posting about these trees in the years to come and to chart their growth.

 Here is the better looking of the two trees.
My little helper being silly in front of it.

Here is where I planted the two new Nuttall Oaks.
That side yard slopes down toward the street.
The trees are planted on a slight slope.



Farm Girl said...

It will look so nice and they will grow so fast. I always think it is important that kids grow up with trees. Just a silly idea I have but I think trees grow better when kids are around. :)
I hope that you get to do lots of gardening this year in 2013. I think this year I will be doing container gardening as we have a wedding in May here and we are growing the flowers for that. I don't know if I will have much time for my other things.
I always enjoy seeing your yard.
Have a blessed 2013 Kris.

Kris said...

Farm Girl - Thank you so much for those kind words. I sure hope I get to garden too. I know this year the vegetable garden won't be as big as prior years since I am starting out in the new house. Good luck with your wedding, I am sure it will be great.

That means a lot to me for you to say you enjoy seeing my yard because your property is spectacular. I hope you have a great 2013 too.