A few months ago, I was asked to help re-design part of our church’s parking lot landscape. There was nothing really wrong with it except for some old plants and some dying Chinese Elm trees.
So, I created a design that switched out the dying Chinese Elm trees, which don’t do all that well in parking lots, with Sissoo (Dalbergia sissoo) trees. I also switched out some of the missing Texas Sage (Leucophyllum frutescens ‘Green Cloud’) shrubs as well.
I ordered the trees and shrubs and we were all prepared for an all-church work day. I showed up bright and early (I think 8:00 is early for a Saturday, don’t you?), and met up with a 16-year old boy scout, who was earning community hours for his badge.
He was a very nice boy and we started placing all of the trees and shrubs. Then we started digging….
Yes, I dug holes too….although it has been awhile since I’ve had to dig so many.
We worked on digging holes for the shrubs. My ‘helper’ had never planted a shrub or a tree before and he watched and listened as I showed him how to do it.
I realize that most of you may know how to do this, but just in case, here is what we did. He took pictures for me (I knew I would blog about this) – you can see his shadow in most of the photos…
|First, I hit the sides of the container, to loosen the root ball from the container.|
|Then I spread my palm out so that I held the shrub between my thumb and fingers and then flipped the container and plant over. I carefully pulled off the container.|
|The root ball was pretty healthy, it was not root bound.|
|My Boy Scout assistant finished planting the shrub, taking care not to pile up extra soil around the shrub.|