Last summer I finished my mother’s paver patio but did not get around to ripping out more grass and planting the Red Bud tree that she wanted. Mother’s Day seemed like a good day to get the project completed so this morning I headed over to mom’s to get started.
First step was to dig out the grass.
It only took one pickup load of grass which I added to the pile of grass in my driveway from the paver project. I plan to compost all the grass and use the soil to fill my potato bins.
I then dug a hole for the tree planting. Removing the soil with the sod lowered the bed so I dug a slightly shallower hole to bring the tree up to ground level once the bark is applied to finish the project.
I brought some freshly screened compost from home to nourish the soil. I dumped about four inches of compost on the bottom of the hole and then I spread the rest over the removed soil from the hole and mixed it together before filling the hole. I watered the tree prior to filling the hole and I scored the outside of the tree root ball to get the roots growing.
The project took about four hours to complete including drive time to drop off the sod, one trip to Home Depot and a good lunch prepared by mom. I pulled out her patio furniture from her garage and we ended the day with a barbecue on her patio. All in all a good day for all.