7.13.2012

Round 1: Complete

Wendy and I planted some shit yesterday :) I headed up to Fairfield early in the morning to pick up our tree (it didn't fit in Wendy's car) and the two of us headed back to Oakland full of greenery and got to work laying things out


The coral bark and I were in love

The idea was to spend yesterday planting some of our foundation plants to get an idea of spacing. We had a drawing of what we wanted but it always looks a lot different in real life. By planting in two phases (and like Robin commented in the post before, leaving some areas a bit more open to collect plants over time) we were giving room to revise and feel things out


We spent a good 90 minutes or so moving things around and figuring out where we liked everything

We have two tall cylindrical evergreens (I can't ever remember the name of anything)...

...that will top out at 15 ft. that will go in the back corner of the yard (this one will be moved a bit over from the driveway). We'll probably trim them down a bit. The Coral Bark will top out at 12-15 ft but we will also keep it trimmed to about 10. And the Japanese Maple will top out at 6-8 ft. Other than that 90% of the plants in the yard won't get bigger than about 4 ft. (with the exception of the smoke bush and the little mini Christmas tree which will be about 5-6, but again, we'll trim). We LOVE the architecture of our house so we really didn't want to block very much and we wanted to keep things airy and roomy so that we could see more of the house despite the fully landscaped yard.

Once Wendy and I figured out the placement we got to digging. My favorite task. Oh my god the soil was TOUGH. The hole for the coral bark was not fun

So I dug, sprayed some water, then dug, then sprayed some water...that hole took a long time. And it needed to be big. Wendy planted 9 other plants...

...in the nearly 2 hours it took me to dig the hole for the coral bark (minus a break for lunch). But when I finally got it big enough (about 3 1/2 feet around and nearly 2 feet deep) we amended the shit out of the soil

And then we huffed and puffed and pulled and rotated and lifted and oh my god we got that tree in that damn hole. And of course by that time I was too exhausted to take a photo and Wendy and I both had to wrap up for the day. So this is what I looked like at 8pm when we got back from finishing some work at a friend's house and I realized I broke our camera

Damn you lens error!

This morning I went out to look at our awesome work though, and it looks great! Yee! We didn't get to everything (digging was a bitch), but we got both trees and 10 smaller plants in

We've still got some things on the side yard to plant

I'll plant these three smaller ones today...

...over with the coral bark

The right side of the yard is looking mighty fine to start though

And I love the berm

We've still got another FULL day of planting with my dad and Wendy, so the four of us should be able to knock out a lot and hopefully get most everything else planted, which won't be happening this weekend because we've all got plans, so it'll be another 10 days or so till we get to Round 2. We'll leave some areas for me to plant annuals each year (like the bed in front of the big picture window), but we're definitely on the way to our yard looking mighty fine!

7 comments:

Heather said...

Ugh, I hate big plant installs because of all that digging. You're almost there--I can't wait to see the final product!

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

Impressive! Planting trees is never ever fun.

meryl rose said...

Planting trees = THE WORST. Which is why we did it that first day to get the crappiest over with, the rest is the fun part :)

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

Yard work is always so much...work. But well worth it. It looks fantastic so far! Especially that Coral Bark tree. That is the coolest thing ever.

meryl rose said...

Thanks Carrie! Isn't the coral bark SO COOL?! I love it lots :)

Anonymous said...

After I saw the sierra club street tree planting team dig a hole for a tree with a pick mattock and shovel I swore I would never try to dig again without using a mattock.
A mattock has a heavy iron head, wooden handle and basically you swing it up and let the pick or blade end drop into the soil to break up the dirt. So break up the dirt for a bit, then shovel the loose dirt out of the hole, break up some more or shave the side of the hole with the blade end, shovel some more. The weight of the cast iron head does the hard work of breaking up the soil and it makes it so much faster! Most hardware stores sell these . . .

meryl rose said...

Yup, we always use the mattock when we dig!