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 !!!