Transplant and protect

Oct 31, 2019

I’ve been trying to find Halloween photos from days gone by, but to no avail! The only one I could find is the one of my son dressed up as Snake Eyes, from the G. I. Joe story line.

So, I’ve got a year to find more! Unless I can dig some up for a post later today! It’s a rainy, yucky day here in my neck of the woods, so anything is possible!

On to today’s post…I said yesterday that I would show you photos from transplanting a holly tree and of putting a tarp on the mower shed roof. Did I tell you I did that as well? If I didn’t…I did! And I’ve got photos to prove it!! 🙂

digging up a baby holly tree

It’s kinda hard to see with all the leaves, which is why I highlighted it the way I did. The most important thing when digging up a tree to transplant – any tree – is to make sure you get the majority of the root. And to do it when it’s small enough that you won’t kill it. During the heat of the summer is not a good time…either in the spring or in the fall. Just make sure that you have the time to water it, when ever you do transplant.

This one has been mowed over a couple of times, which is why I’m transplanting it. I was hoping to let it get a little bigger before transplanting, but since my boyfriend kept mowing it, I transplanted it. It is a little late in the season, but it should be ok.

I had a holly croak on me over the summer – from a previous transplant – so I put it where that one was.

the ground is very fertile here

I tied the yellow ribbon around it so I could find it. And I got enough of the root that it should survive. Another thing when transplanting, bring some of the dirt with it. This will help it adjust to the new area easier.

back in the ground

The ground where I put the baby holly transplant is a lot of clay. So when I dug up the old, dead holly I mixed some dirt in from the original spot before putting the new holly back in the ground. I should’ve taken pics, but I didn’t. Oh well, next time. And there will be a next time, I can promise you that! I’ve got at least two more holly’s to transplant!!

water, water, water

Trees need to be watered twice a day for two weeks when transplanting. After that, once a day for two weeks. After that, every other day or so, for two weeks. Then, you can slack off to once a week…for two weeks.

At this point, it’s been two months. You can start watering the tree once a month. For ten months. Even during the winter! And even if it’s raining!! Now, if it’s been, say, a month and it’s been raining for two days you can wait until the rain stops. Just make sure you adjust for it.

When I started transplanting trees a few years ago (I don’t know exactly when it was I started transplanting, but it was a few years ago), I did some research and found that trees need to be watered for a year, in the steps I have highlighted above. I can’t remember exactly why, but one thing is to help the roots/tree adjust to its new surroundings. Watering this way also help the roots get strong enough to support it in the future.

I put the storm window up on the front door yesterday, and when I was getting it (the heavy plastic for the door) out of the mower shed I noticed the roof was leaking. So, I finished that and checked out the roof to see what was going on. The only thing I can gather is that water is getting trapped under the tarp my dad put up there to protect it from water coming off the roof above it. You can’t see the roof above in any of the photos.

The roof on the mower shed is rolled roofing.

So I got a tarp and roofing nails and bricks and covered it…temporarily. What I did should be ok until my boyfriend can get out there and do something more permanent.

With the rain today and the possibility of wind gusts of 30mph, I don’t want to take any chances of the tarp blowing off. Plus, I have no idea how long it will take my boyfriend to get to it. (He was supposed to clean out the gutters yesterday when he got home but he didn’t.)

When my dad put the roof up in 2015, he put tar along the seam between where the rolled roofing jutted up against the play house/storage place. We’ll probably have to put some caulking along the seam just to make sure. (When the house was built, the owner built a play house for his two kids. When we moved in, it turned into a storage place for my dad. That is another story for another day…but I will tell you that we had no idea that we would be moving in to this house 4 years after it was built and our old house would be turn down!)

And that was my day yesterday, for the most part!

“If you want to be happy, learn to be alone without being lonely. Learn that being alone does not mean being unhappy. The world is full of plenty of interesting and enjoyable things to do and people who can enrich your life.”     

~ Michael Josephson

Hope you enjoyed and maybe learned something!!

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