Sunday, December 30, 2007

Mulch and More Mulch

AEP and Asplundh brought our first load of mulch in December.

The entire back corner will be a thick layer of mulch. Because these tree trimmings have quite a bit of green material, we will keep it away from the trees and their beds. But it is a wonderful material for our "forest floor". This mulch will also be our initial path material.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Some TLC for the "Forest"

After the trees had been in the ground for more than a month, it was time to work on their beds. We had taken great care to make sure they were planted at the proper depth - (which is the exact same depth that they had been growing). Click here for instructions from the Texas Forest Service about how to properly plant a tree. We added some compost to the bed and formed a water ring at the drip line. This is a Texas Persimmon, Diospyros texana. It can be identified by its smooth trunk, much like the trunk of a Crepe Myrtle.
This Anacua, Ehretia anacua, looks so well groomed now!
In spite of the lateness, we scattered some wildflower seed in the tree beds.