The flowering pear is planted!
I drove to the nursery today and bought three tress--a flowering pear, a hybrid maple and an elm. It's very exciting to have these new trees home and to try to decide where they would go best. Christine, the nursery owner, told me to plant them high so that some of the top feeder roots will be above the soil line enabling the water to run off. At the same time, I have a small berm around the perimeter to make drip watering easier. The water will soak down to the roots.
The holes are so big that it's really hard work to fill in the hole around the plant. I'm using a bag of composted steer manure, adding a sack to each hole. It won't provide many nutrients but it will make it easier for the roots to move out into the hole. I putting a slow release fertilzer which I will bury under the last full shovel full of dirt, careful to put it out to the full diameter of the hole, so the roots will go searching for food farther out from the planted root ball.
These trees need to grow tall fast so plentiful food and water is important.
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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at January 26, 2011 2:41 AM