Thursday, March 29, 2012

What a Difference a Couple of Years Make

Newly planted oak tree - Photo taken about 2 years ago

This past winter has been a mild one, fortunately, and our yard didn't suffered the consequences of freeze or frost damage like it did the winter of 2010.  So this Spring  everything plant in our yard has had an abundant flush of growth.

Over two years ago we planted 3 little oak trees, with hopes of someday enjoying their shade.  Of the three, the one photographed above almost died on us.  Poor little pathetic thing had turned brown and looked on the verge of dieing. I assumed it probably needed more water so drug the hose out to it and began soaking it . . . that's when I noticed the water was cascading rapidly down a hole and out of sight.  Seems the crew that planted the oak had left a huge, unfilled hole at the base of its roots.    Using a broomstick handle and the garden hose I tried to compact soil into the void and kept my fingers crossed that what I did would save the tree.

The photos below were taken just a few days ago. It is now much larger and fuller than the two other little oak trees and someday it will provide us with ample shade . . . looking forward to that when the temperatures hit a 100 !!!


  1. Wow!! When you look at pictures side by side like that, you can really see the growth. We take pics of our kids and watch them grow, but what a neat idea to take them of our yards, trees & gardens!!

    Progress is always nice to see!!

  2. I had a house in Charlotte surrounded by very large shade trees and found that with a whole house attic fan I could avoid turning on my A/C for most of the summer. It looks like you are well on your way to shade.

  3. Wow, that is quite a difference! Even just after a couple years its almost at the point of being a shade tree. I mean, at least 1 person could be out there in the shady spot and that's great. Nice work saving it :-)

  4. Nice save on the Tree :)

    I LOVE Oak Trees, we have a 200+ year old one in our garden constantly need trimming but they are such majestic trees. :)

    I am so glad when they built this development they had to leave the oaks that were already here on the farmland :)

    Hope you get so lovely shade soon :)

    All we need is some sunshine, LOL!!! :)

    Have a great weekend, cheers, T. :)

  5. I am always amazed at how fast trees grow. It looks like your little guy has taken off and is going to be a big magnificent tree. I hope you get to enjoy the shade for many years to come.
    Everyday Inspired

  6. Wow you did a great job of giving it new life! I remember sitting under a big oak on scorching summer days, shelling peas with my grandmother. Great memories.

  7. I love it when trees finally give shade :) I planted some dogwoods (I love the flowering trees, too) 5 years ago and they were 3 feet tall when I put them in the ground. This year, I'm so excited because they actually look like trees rather than shrubs!


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