1 I decided a group of 44 Styrax japonicus Marley's Pink Parasol Japanese Snowbell tree seedlings would be perfect in this location - 22 on each side of the gravel road.
2 My head gardener, Ryan McCallister, calculated how far apart the trees should be planted. To accommodate the space, one tree was placed every five-feet.
3 It had just started to rain when the crew began placing the seedlings, but it was important to do as much as possible to get them into the ground.
4 When deciding the location of a tree, it is crucial to consider its appearance, eventual size, and growth habit. The rows of holes on each side of the allee should be far enough apart to allow trees to reach maturity without touching.
5 Once the two rows of trees were properly lined up along the road, Ryan made sure they were also lined up correctly across from each other.
6 Ryan measured it all one more time to be certain.
7 The road allowed for 22-seedlings to be planted on each side. Styrax japonicus Marley's Pink Parasol is a dainty, weeping small tree, featuring pink bell-shaped flowers hanging from gracefully weeping branches in early spring. Once mature, they will look stunning.
8 As each tree was planted, the crew used the length of a wooden shovel to align each one from the edge of the road, so all the trees looked tidy and uniform.
9 It was time to start - Phurba began digging and planting from the foot of the carriage road. Marley's Pink Parasol Japanese Snowbell will grow to about eight-feet tall at maturity, with a spread of about four-feet.
10 This dwarf tree does best in full sun to partial shade, and requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth.
11 When planting a tree or shrub, measure the height of the root-ball to determine approximate hole depth and measure diameter of the root ball to determine width of the hole. The hole should be no deeper than the calculated depth.
12 To fertilize these trees, the crew added some potassium to help the tree grow stronger and fight disease. Potassium really helps boost all functions within the plant.
13 They also added Azomite. Azomite is used as a naturally rich soil re-mineralizer for plants and trees. It contains more than 70 trace minerals and rare earth elements which have been depleted from soils worldwide.
14 Mix the two together and sprinkle in and around the hole and in any soil used for planting. These trees are a bit fussy about soil conditions and must have rich, nutrient filled soil to ensure successful growth.
15 Phhurba placed the seedling into the hole, and followed it with backfill.
16 These trees will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the season's flowers.
17 Phhurba makes a few adjustments to make sure the tree is straight from all angles, and then lightly tamps down around the root ball to ensure there aren't any air pockets.
18 One tree is planted - 43 more to go.
19 Because we want these trees to create a canopy, any branches already growing were faced inward toward the center of the road - these will help direct the trees' growth.
20 They have green foliage throughout the season. The large glossy pointy leaves turn an outstanding orange in the fall. The fruits are gray drupes displayed from late summer to late autumn.
21 A stake is planted alongside to support the seedling and to protect it from weed whackers, and snow plows.
22 The crew worked fast - it wasn't long before the road started to look like an allee.
23 The allee's measurements seem to be perfect.
24 In time, these trees will create a beautiful canopy over the carriage road.
25 And, add natural beauty and symmetry to the area. I can't wait.