In with the new!

This morning we planted our new red maple in the front yard.  He’s quite noble and suave-looking.  He’s tall and thin and has much potential.  Much like some other males in my life. . .

Anyway, after a phone call to a nursery and some online research, I have come to the conclusion that I am probably responsible for killing the former red maple by having a flower bed around it.  This is quite sad to me, because I love to grow things, not kill them!!!  However, I am choosing to have the attitude of my friend, Kelly, who, even when criticized, is thankful for the input because she learns something useful for the future.

It seems that there was too much soil (i.e. the flower bed) sitting on the ground around the tree (thereby suffocating its roots), and it also seems to be a major arboreal faux pas to allow significant amounts of soil (i.e. the flower bed) to come in contact with the base of the tree.  Evidently this made it feel claustrophobic and unhappy.

For these reasons, I will now need to re-create a flower bed adjacent to, but not around the new tree.  I have yet to figure out exactly how to do this, so if anyone who’s been to our house has input, please fire away.  You can fire away if you haven’t been to our house, too.

We are all quite excited about our new tree, and after its planting, we encircled it and prayed that it would live and not die and declare the works of God.  We also reminded it of Isaiah 55:10 which says that all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

Amen and so be it.

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