Apple blooms! This is one of the little trees in the front garden. I'll have to check later this afternoon but I'm pretty sure we have some dogwoods popping as well as the first of the lilacs.
Does everyone know that you can contact your county's Soil and Water Conservation folks for help with in managing your treed land, water drainage questions, and more? In our county they have a tree program - regular people can buy trees in bulk at a good price. This year I ordered 100 whites pines and a "nut tree" package. I think it was about $60 for the whole thing.
We were so excited to run right down and get our trees! We wondered if we should bring the big truck with all those trees just waiting for us! So we nearly died laughing when they handed us all our trees... in a grocery sack.
What 25 trees looks like.
After we recovered from laughing ourselves sick we got to the business of planting them. Of course, if you are over run with deer, goats, and dogs who ruin everything you'll need to put your "tree-lets" in a safe place. We decided to pot the nut trees up until they were weaned.. I mean, until they get a little bigger. As for the bundles of White Pines, I "heeled in" three of them and in the next couple days I'll start digging them in along the property line.
Little nut trees potted up and waiting to be planted
The thing about trees is, don't put off getting them. Even if you don't know the best place to put them, or aren't sure if you'll need them - by the time you've figured it out its been five years and you could be enjoying some fresh fruit or the shade of a fine little tree. Remember my peach pit trees? They are huge now. So we'll get these little tree-lets started and we are one step forward.
Other places to find trees on sale are places like the local Big Lots or Dollar stores, end of season sales (we got some hot bargains last year) at your local nursery, and you'll be surprised what you can find if you check the clearance section at Lowes. The bargains you find might need some lovin'.... but we've overwintered trees here in pots without any problems.
So whatcha waiting for? Go and get some tree-lets and give them a good home!
Happy Monday everyone!