At the Manitoba cottage there has been a space between the screened porch and the road that has been empty of trees ever since a very large evergreen died a few years ago.
Over the years Spruce have sprouted up too close to the cottage to let them grow to any significant height.
So once again here I am doing what served me so well landscaping the Ontario cottage - moving around existing plants.
Is it a conundrum that I want my natural looking yard to be "perfect"? Not at all, I want each tree to have a good chance to grow and be healthy so when they are not growing in an optimal spot and an optimal spot is empty...well, wouldn't you do the same?
Step one was to prune the dead lower branches getting rid of the 'scraggly' look on the surrounding trees.
I just love pruning; removing the dead stuff leaves it looking that much cleaner. And by cleaner, I mean I got rid of that pile later that same day.
I often forget to take 'before" pictures before I start working, and this was once again the case here, so I have highlighted the trees I added before taking the shot to illustrate how barren it was to begin with.
Seedlings at the front, saplings further on and the biggest trees I can reasonably transplant with my own 2 hands and a spade (about 4 feet tall), at the back toward the road. A nice steady progression which should look natural to the untrained eye but in fact would be a grand coincidence were it to happen naturally.
While 8 trees was not a lot for one day considering their size, I was just getting warmed up with what I actually wanted the spot to look like.
With the season coming to a close I targeted the area above to be included and filled with trees this year. And the area highlighted below to follow next year.
How far did I get before the end of year?
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