Three Canadian Hemlock Trees Planted - 2019
I had a credit an an online tree nursery from a tree that we tried that died that was about to expire, so I went hunting on their site to find something useful and interesting for our yard. To date, we've planted 26 trees (full list here) and have 21 of those trees that are still with us.
If you read my post about my 2019 to-do list, you might remember that #8 was to 'do something with conifers'. I started my 'conifer journey' this Spring by adding three Gold Cone Junipers to the backyard. But those aren't technically trees as they're classified as shrubs.
Taking those couple of dynamics (having a credit and wanting to do something with conifers), I decided to take a peek at our landscape plan and decided to pick out six VERY SMALL Canadian Hemlocks. You can see the size of them in the photo at the top. With the pot, these are about three feet tall.
This post is about just three of them, though. I'll post again when I get the other three in the ground in the right spots.
I've tried a Canadian Hemlock before and planted one about this size and planted it on the north side of the backyard. But, it was lost last season.
Our plan calls for a cluster of three Canadian Hemlocks in the far reaches of our yard kind of behind the current placement of our trampoline. I posted about this section of the landscape plan here. That part of the yard is mostly just wasteland with leaf mulch piled up there for the past few falls and no weeding done at all.
I spaced these three out and kept them away from the fence. They're in a place that will go mostly undisturbed for the next year or two and hopefully grow up into something of some substance. Based on the current size, it will be a number of years until they even reach the top of the fence height. However, I figured that we *have* some time with these three because of that trampoline I mentioned earlier. We're going to have that trampoline in our yard for a number of years still, so this corner of the yard will not be seen from the house/yard for quite a while. By the time the kids outgrow the trampoline, these Hemlocks will have grown into a respectable size and will give us that natural screen that the trampoline is currently providing. Go back and look at this part of the plan here and you'll see the trampoline referenced in the drawing.
Here are the three little trees in the blue circles:
Here's the full list of trees that we've put into the yard since we bought the property in 2016 and moved in during the Summer of 2017. 29 trees planted. 24 trees currently alive and adding to our landscape.
1. Flowering Pear in backyard on north side.
2. Flowering Pear in front yard by garage. (LOST and replaced)
3. Japanese flowering cherry
4 and 5: 2 Lindens that I espalier'd and placed by the south fence line near our kitchen windows.
6. A Dawn Redwood from Earth Day 2017 (LOST and replaced)
7. Nat's Saucer Magnolia in our front yard
8. A Corkscrew Willow all the way in the back (LOST)
9. A Crimson King Norway Maple near the trampoline
2018 (17 planted. 2 Died and weren't replaced yet. 2 were replacement from 2017. 15 of the original annual total alive now):
10. Another flowering pear from Earth Day 2018
11. Red Maple Sun Valley tree from Earth Day 2018.
12. Weeping Cedar tree - our first evergreen.
13. The weeping flowering cherry tree that the Babe planted for Earth Day 2018.
14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21. These Frans Fontaine Hornbeams.
22. A replacement Chanticleer Pear tree (3" caliper) out front by our garage
23. Our second evergreen - a short Fraser Fir Christmas Tree out by the trampoline. (LOST)
24. This Canadian Hemlock that is the first of nine that our landscape plan calls for in the backyard. (LOST)
25. Our replanted/replacement Dawn Redwood. Same spot as the first.
26. This teeny-tiny Bald Cypress that I planted in the front yard, in between our driveway and our neighbor to the north.
2019 (So Far):
27, 28, 29. These three small Canadian Hemlock Trees in our far backyard.