Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Shumard Oak

For a while now, Blondie and I have been planning to plant a shade tree on the southwest side of our house, and last weekend was the perfect time to do it. I have read that fall is the best time to plant a new tree, so we waited for fall. Then we were busy with the wedding and just never got around to it.

We finally decided it was time when Blondie's grandma gave everyone their Christmas money and we had to decide what to do with it. We knew we wanted a tree, and this seemed like a good thing to spend it on. It's something that will last a long time and we will think of her when we see the tree.

We did some research and I talked to my boss, who is an avid gardner and landscaper. He recommended a Shumard Oak because it grows well in our region. The Shumard Oak is an Oklahoma Proven tree; it tolerates hot, dry summers and likes full sun. This sounded just perfect for us, so we went to Sunshine Nursery to choose a tree. The staff there was extremely friendly and helpful! Steve explained how to choose a good tree and pointed out a few nice ones.

We bought our tree, took it home, and put it in the ground right away. Steve gave us a planting guide and we followed his instructions precisely. Blondie dug a hole the same depth as and a little wider than our tree's root base and we filled it in and built a little dam around it. We didn't have quite enough soil, so we had to go to the farm and harvest some dirt. We then staked our tree between two sturdy T-posts to protect it from the strong winter winds we always have here.


Julie K. said...

To you think this will help the Grand Cornyon?

Lilibeth said...

I don't think you will regret it. The shade will be great.