What I've been up to recently... Fixing up the ol' homestead

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I've spent the past couple of days planting some trees in my yard. 13 Colorado Spruce and 1 White Ash tree.
Believe me.....even with the equipment, it's a lot of work for one old guy. My back hurts. :!:

Here's a quick video that I made to record the event with some skidsteer footage if you're interested.

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vd5sH5UQUOY[/video]
 
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Re: What I've been up to recently... Fixing up the ol' homes

Makes my back twinge just watching even though the machine's doing all the work! Soil looks very dry Mark, will you have rainfall or snow soon?
 
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Re: What I've been up to recently... Fixing up the ol' homes

What vast treeless place is this Mark? Wife and I planted a few dozen pine but only a foot tall so main strain on me was clearing scrub and roots out bent over for some hours pulling and tossing at a time but did ok body wise. Do have dump truck worth of gravel a gully washer put a tree across out spring branch a few yd below pool of water our spring water piped from so next wash out could back up in to water supply or tree rot and let go to cover Peel creek bed course in yuky gravel bars instead of bare polished rock slabs and shelfs with head size rocks fun. Couple 100 bux to rent a small back hoe/blade 4 wd tractor to move it a few yrd over filling in some low area next to creek. I used the sea salt fertilizer solution on the little pines and they all took hold and 6" higher since summer. 80-100 yrs to be harvest able but more a sales feature lining crooked drive way. Don't know how long up to homestead loads.
 
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Re: What I've been up to recently... Fixing up the ol' homes

Hobot:
The area isn't totally treeless, just my acre. Trees grow very well around here.

This is whats growing in my next door neighbors yard:
What I've been up to recently... Fixing up the ol' homestead


Fortunately for me, I work for a large organic fruit orchard that also happens to have a tree farm.

Picking out the trees that I planted:
What I've been up to recently... Fixing up the ol' homestead


What I've been up to recently... Fixing up the ol' homestead


This is my woman marking the Ash tree that I videoed myself planting:
What I've been up to recently... Fixing up the ol' homestead


Having access to the right equipment is mandatory. I could have brought a backhoe home and done it that way, but it is
a lot easier with a skidsteer and tree spade:
What I've been up to recently... Fixing up the ol' homestead


What I've been up to recently... Fixing up the ol' homestead


Also a little experience doesn't hurt. This is a normal load of spruce trees that I haul on my truck:
What I've been up to recently... Fixing up the ol' homestead


davamb:
The trees are dormant and don't require much water now. However, I did water all all trees really well as it helps wash dirt down around
the rootballs and fill any air spaces in the ground.
I am finished staking all of the trees and the ground is now frozen so I will leave them alone until spring and hit them hard again with H2O.
 
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