It was a grey Saturday. I rested until 11 or so, not feeling terribly motivated to do much. Then I headed out to drag the arena. Sarbjit had fixed the lawn tractor. Last week, one of the front tires had slipped loose and gone flat. I had no idea what to do about it, he figured it out. He’s a clever guy that way. I’m lucky to have a significant other who is handy with machines.
It was raining when I walked out the door, so I figured that I wouldn’t do much else. Once I was on the tractor though, it was another story. I had checked the weather for the next week and it said rain on and off. I figured that it was a good idea to get some trees in the ground while the rainy season was still here.
First though, I wanted to clean up some piles of brush I had pruned a few weeks ago. I hitched up our new toy, a 10 cubic foot garden trailer and took one load. It was too small for this task, so I used my Jeep and utility trailer instead. All that went on the burn pile. I got that going with layers of arborvitae I had also cut last week, alternated with the brush from the pile (blackberries, holly and a mystery shrub). Does anyone know what this flowering shrub is? It has some thorns and the blossoms come out before the leaves. It suckers and has made a thicket that took over a Leyland Cypress. That’s why it’s getting cut back. I’ll definitely leave some, as it’s pretty. It grows quite tall, like small trees actually.
Once the fire was okay on it’s own, I moved on to tree planting. I loaded up the garden trailer with old manure, a spade and a shovel. By the end of the day, I was able to plant three Kousa dogwoods and five birch trees below the house, three red alder seedlings in the woodlot, and two red twig dogwood bushes in what will be our perennial border. There was some mowing to do, so that came next. There is a little more lawn here than I might like, but it is satisfying to make it nice and tidy.
I have that tired feeling that is welcome after good physical work. I had meant to do some things inside, but that will all have to wait until tomorrow. A soft rain is falling now, which is just perfect to settle in the new trees.