Hi everyone, Kevin’s here again with another edition of Handyman Wednesdays. Jess and I spent this past weekend in Florida. It was about 80 degrees the entire time and Jess and I got to see my parent’s new house in Zephyrhills, along with my sister and niece. All in all, it was an awesome weekend.
However, I’m not here to regail you with stories of how I got bit by a Fire Ant (true), how Jess and I successfully visited 3 different Disney parks before 2PM (true), or any of the stories of the International Wine and Food Festival at Epcot (seriously, it’s amazing… but stay on a Disney property, you won’t
want to be able to drive home).
I’m here to tell you how I finally got to do something I’ve thought about doing many times at the Little House. We planted a tree! But instead of being the Magnolia tree I’ve been wanting to plant out front of our house, I got to help my father, Todd, plant a Queen Plam Tree (or two) in front of his house. It’s quite easy to do, and the only tool needed is a shovel.
1. Select a spot where you’ll want the tree when it is fully grown. Pay attention to the sun/shade requirements listed on the tag.
2. Make sure this spot is not so close to your house that the roots will wreak havoc with your foundation.
3. Get a shovel. Seriously. You should have one already. If you don’t, make sure you get a round point shovel with a fiberglass handle. This is the one that Jess and I have.
1. Dig a hole about twice as wide and almost twice as deep as the pot that the tree came in.
2. Poke holes around the edges of the hole you dug. You want it to be easy for the tree’s roots to move outwards.
3. Pull your tree out of the tub it is in.
4. Spread the roots of the tree out so their not entirely in the shape of the previous tub. This will help them grow faster
5. Put your tree in the hole. Simple enough.
6. Fill in with soil all the way around.
If you’re planting a Queen Palm Tree like us, water once a day, every day for the first week. The next two weeks, water every other day. From then on out, water 2-3 times per week. Be careful not to over-water (yes, there is such a thing).
These general tips will work for nearly any kind of tree, just be sure to read up on your specific variety before planting to be sure that there aren’t any special things your tree needs.
Have you ever planted a tree? What kind of tree would you like (I’m a Magnolia man myself)?