Hello hello, my wonderful friends!
A few weeks ago, in May, my family and I planted 500 trees in one of the areas of our property. Some friends from our church also came out and gave us a hand — It was super fun but also very tiring. And in a few years, we’ll have plenty of pine trees. We also planted so River Birch and Oak trees too, but it may be 40 years before those actually look like something. 😂
Enjoy some fun tree planting adventures!
**Note: Some of the photos might be cropped // edited weirdly due to avoid posting people’s faces. Thanks for putting up with that!**
Before we planted, the area had to be cleared from other trees, most of them were either dead or dying. There were also boxelder trees which my parents are not necessarily fans of because they are kind of ugly. Thankfully, the skid-steer makes it go a lot faster. (But my dad and brothers did most of the work by hand because the skid-steer belongs to David, a friend of my parents and he brought it out to help towards the end of the project)
The pine tree seedlings don’t actually look much like trees. More like twigs with little leaves on them. :’D
This picture is a bit over-edited, but I really like it.
After a while, the kids, mainly the boys, started to get impatient and began having running races. They stuck these flags, which are used to show where the trees are, all over the place. I wouldn’t be surprised to find another one around somewhere random. 😂 This one was on the driveway.
Ah, I love this picture of everyone working! It was a fun day, and we are super thankful for our friends who helped us! ❤
All of the trees were being stored in the root cellar until we could plant them so they wouldn’t dry out or get too warm. They need to be kept cool until they are planted. We don’t really use the cellar for anything. . .though we probably should since it’s really nice. When we first bought the house, Mercy, a friend of mine, and I all cleaned it out. So it’s just an empty dark place now. It has a very long story that I made up about it, and it’s also kind of creepy. (Comment if you wanna know the story — Please note that my 9 year-old-self made it up so it’s very wild and crazy. 😉 😂)
We used a dibble bar to dig the holes so they wouldn’t be as wide as a hole as a normal spade would make. There was a great difference in the dibble bars we had. They were loaned to us by the DNR. Some of them were very pointed and worked great. However, some of them were flat and my mom started calling them a pointless shovel. The flat ones did not work nearly as well as the pointed ones and we did really wonder whose idea flat dibble bars were. We also used whatever other digging objects we had because there were a lot of people, a lot of holes to dig, and a lot of trees that need to be planted.
The dirt, in some places, was really dry and hard to dig into. Twice, we had to move to different spots for our holes because we hit rock!
Dad had started planting before we got down there. He was already very busy! (Note: he has a dibble bar.)
Once you put the tree into the ground, you had to form a sort of rim around it to keep the water in the hole so the trees would get the maximum amount of water to the roots. Many hands make light work!
It was SUCH a gorgeous day out! Later, it got cloudy and less nice, but in the morning, the sun was so bright and the sky was incredibly blue.
We were marking the spots where the trees were supposed to go with spray paint, and a random wood pole to get them measured right. The trees needed to be 5-7 feet apart.
Umm, yes, that is a shoe on the stump. I don’t know how it got there or why it was there, but it was apparently.
Dad borrowed a tank from my grandparents to water the trees. We had to drive the ranger up to the house and fill it with a hose. The younger kids thoroughly enjoyed moving the water from the tank, to a five gallon bucket that we used for tapping trees and then watering the trees.
Luke accidentally spray-painted his hand while marking the spots for the trees. Thankfully, it all came off after he rubbed it in the grass and then rinsed it with water.
This tree ended up getting a bit overwatered. Hopefully, it will grow fine. Otherwise, I may have killed it. 😛 😂
We shall end with a picture of the yard (while yard might be a stretch on the word. . .I don’t know what to call it. :P) with plenty of flags in the ground with little twigs in the ground next to them. Okay, okay, fine, seedlings. Plenty of seedlings in the ground. 😂
Have you ever planted a tree? What was your favorite photo from this post? Do you have a root cellar?
Thank you for reading!