1 I love climbing hydrangea growing upon trees, but I've never warmed up to how these four tree trunks look, so prominently displayed in this greenhouse garden. These are the trunks of tall white pine ruined by Sandy.
2 To remedy the situation, I bought some more trees. The tall ones are Thuja occidentalis 'Degroots's Spire' and the two others are Templehoff Hinoki - False Cypress.
3 I wanted the two false cypress to go next to the front gate as a privacy screen from the road. Holes were dug.
4 The Hi-Lo is such a handy and versatile machine.
5 Gyurme guided the placement of the tree.
6 Meanwhile Pete and Phhurba were digging the other hole.
7 Chhiring used a sawzall to cut through the planting container.
8 A tree this size would be very difficult to lift out of a pot.
9 When planting trees, it's a great idea to use Bio-tone Starter to help transplants establish faster. It increases root mass to avoid transplant loss, as well as increase shoot growth and bloom count.
10 Following package directions, the Bio-Tone was sprinkled in the bottom of the hole.
11 One false cypress was wrestled into the hole.
12 And so was the second.
13 Adjustments were made to ensure uprightness.
14 The holes were filled in.
15 And the trees were watered well.
16 Meanwhile, Ryan was in the greenhouse garden, removing perennial plants from the areas where the 'Degroot's Spire' Arborvitae were to be planted.
17 Red flags marked the tree planting locations and perennials in those sections were carefully dug up.
18 Ryan placed them in a garden cart for replanting.
19 Soil from the digging was shoveled into the front loader of the John Deere.
20 The crew was concerned that there would be many tree roots to contend with, but the digging was fairly easy.
21 Ryan found a small tree stump where one of the arborvitaes was to go.
22 Chhiring removed one of the prongs from the Hi-Lo's front fork. He aimed the other at the stump.
23 It dug in and lifted the stump out effortlessly!
24 Into the loader
25 One tree delivered
26 The Hi-Lo's extending arm lowered the tree into position.
27 Wire cutters were used to cut the root ball cage.
28 Meanwhile, Gyurme worked on the next one.
29 One arborvitae was positioned in a hole, enriched with Bio-Tone, of course.
30 Chhiring eye-balled for uprightness.
31 Another tree positioned
32 This hard-working team operates so well together.
33 Meanwhile, Ryan was removing perennials from where the fifth tree was to be planted.
34 Unfortunately, the fifth hole proved challenging, as big roots were finally encountered.
35 Chhiring started watering the new trees.
36 The hole was finally ready and the last tree was put in place.
37 With the planting and watering complete, Ryan replanted all of those perennials.
38 I may have a foot or more taken off of the stumps, but I really like how this area looks now.