Last year when I was back in NZ we got the fencing started and planted out about 150 trees. But that did not even get us half was down our 190m boundry. So the goal this time was to get it fully planted, get the fence finished and get the big dirt pile moved that I dug through by hand last year.
Over the past 12 months my parents have been mowing around the trees and replacing any trees that did not make it (including those that got ring-barked by a rogue whipper snipper operator).
So on our first morning we packed the trailer with a barrel of rainwater (we do not have water at the property) all the plants, spades, carpet squares for placing around the plant to help keep the grass down and the moisture in the soil and a picnic lunch.
The plants almost all come from mums garden and are a variety of natives that I listed in this post. And this year half way our trip we also got some different natives from my Aunties garden.
On arrival this year we first inspected the plants from last year some of which were a bit had to fin in the long grass.
|Hubby and Mum checking for plants in the long grass|
Then it was on with the work. Hubby used the whipper snipper to clear the grass around all the trees and the rest of the strip that was yet to be planted.
Once the grass was trimmed back it was easier to see the trees and which had done well.
Then Mum and I cracked on with more planting.
By the time day 2 rolled around we had a good system going with Hubby going ahead digging holes and mum and I planting behind. Then we all took time carting water, collecting up empty pots and putting the carpet squares around the plants.
As we got closer and closer to the end it was a great feeling.
|Nearly at the end|
|Our boundary starts about 50 meters past the second power pole|
While we were there I organised for a digger operator to come and move the big pile of dirt inside our planting strip that I dug through by hand last year.
It took him less than 30 minutes to move the entire pile (compared to my trwhich he spread out in the gateway to fill in the hollow there. It turned out there was quite a lot of stones in the pile so I am really glad I did not have to move it my hand.
|The dirt pile dug through last year|
|Dad and Hubby finishing the fence|
We almost made it to the end but we need about 30 more plants to completely fill the strip. Unfortunately mum did not have any more seedlings big enough to transplant yet.
|Check out how much the grass grew in a week since Hubby whipper snipped|
We have now planted nearly 400 trees in just this strip and it is such a good feeling to have gotten so many in the ground. And hopefully all these natives will attract native wildlife in the future.
Have you had to plant out lots of trees/plants at your place?