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Planting trees

When we moved into our mansion back in 2011 one of the first things we did was to remove a couple of huge, dying hackberry trees around the house. It was a matter of safety since these trees were rotting inside and leaning towards our home. At the time, we squared the situation with ourselves by promising to replant new trees,but it wasn’t until now that we finally got around doing it. Cuando nos mudamos a la mansión el 2001, una de las primeras cosas que hicimos fue remover un par de arboles enormes que estaban muriendo en la propiedad. Era una cosa de seguridad ya que los arboles estaban podridos por dentro y se inclinaban hacia la casa. En ese momento nos prometimos que re plantaríamos los arboles, pero no fue hasta ahora que por fin hicimos lo prometido.

  That old tree on the right had to go!

We are planting 3 new trees: two ornamentals and one fruit tree. We chose to plant a Japanese Magnolia, a white Dogwood (Leslie’s favorite) and a Jumbo Quince (my favorite). Leslie has wanted a Dogwood for a long time now and since we are re-doing our landscaping, getting a nice ornamental tree for the front yard is perfect. The Japanese Magnolia was a bonus that we figured would complement the landscape and the white dogwood flowers with pink magnolia flowers. I wanted fruit tree but couldn’t decide what kind…until I realized that quince is the english name for membrillo. One of my favorite desserts from home is cooked quince, so when I realized I could have my own quince tree I didn’t think twice. So we now have a little Jumbo Quince growing in the back. Vamos a plantar 3 arboles: dos ornamentales y uno frutal. Elegimos un Magnolia Japonés un Dogwood blanco (favorito de Leslie), y un Membrillo Jumbo (mi favorito). Leslie ha querido un Dogwood por mucho tiempo y como estamos arreglando el jardín, poner un árbol ornamental en el frente es perfecto. El Magnolio Japones fue un bonus que pensamos complementara el diseño poniendo flores rosadas junto a las floras blancas del Dogwood. Yo quería un árbol frutal pero no sabia que tipo…hasta que descubrí que Quince es el nombre en ingles del Membrillo. Uno de mis postres favoritos en casa eran los membrillos cocidos, así que cuando descubrí que podía tener mi propio membrillo, no lo pensé dos veces. Así que ahora tengo un membrillo jumbo chiquito creciendo en el patio.
We got our trees online and they were shipped to us bareroot, a shipping technique we learned in our Master Gardener class, so they looked just like sticks ready to be planted. Planting was quick. We made a hole at least 3 feet wider than the roots for each tree, loosened the soil around the hole, placed the tree level with the soil, spread the roots, covered the roots with the soil, watered, and let it do its thing. There are several videos and instructions online about how to plant a bareroot tree. We also laid newspaper around the roots on top of the soil to keep weeds from growing and competing with the tree roots for nutrients. We covered the newspaper with some of our good soil and gave it a thorough watering. Finally, we placed edging around the hole to mark the space and prevent grass from growing toward the trunk. During the spring we will work on training these trees so they grow with a good shape for flower and fruit bearing, and we’ll probably plant some bulbs around the roots to make them look nice! Compramos nuestros arboles por internet y fueron enviados con raices expuestas, esta es una tecnica de envio que aprendimos en nuestra clase de jardineria, asi que llegaron como palos listos para ser plantados. Plantarlos fue rapido. Hicimos un hoyo por lo menos 1 metro mas ancho que los arboles, soltamos la tierra en el hoyo, pusimos los arboles a nivel de tierra, esparcimos las raices, las cubrimos con tierra, los regamos, y los dejamos crecer. Hay muchos videos e instrucciones en linea sobre como plantar un arbol de raices expuestas. Tambien pusimos papel de diario en la superficie para mantener las malezas a raya y que no compitan con las raices por los nutrientes. Cubrimos el papel de diario con mas tierra de hoja y los regamos abundantemente. Finalmente, pusimos orillas metalicas para marcar el espacio y evitar que el pasto se tome el espacio del arbol. Durante la primavera vamos a trabajar en entrenar estos arbolitos para que crezcan con buena forma para crecer fruta y flor, y probablemente plantaremos algunos bulbos alrededor para que se vean mejor!

I thought the fed ex guy was going to give me three boxes like that when he dropped off the trees – but they all came in one box!20130304-063115.jpg 20130304-063133.jpg DSC_9314 DSC_9311

the trees before the good soil and newspaper (below)


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  1. My grandmother had a quince tree growing at her place and I used to stay with her a good deal when I was little, so I know what quinces are and remember them but can’t think I’ve eaten one since then. What great tree choices you’ve made!

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