|The neighbor boy kept offering suggestions on how the dig.|
He told me he could dig my hole in no time.
This type of holly doesn't have poky leaves, but will hopefully stay green year-round. The man at Southwood was surprised when he read the description for my holly tree. Apparently a Kathy Ann's red berries bloom in the spring. Most hollies grow berries in the fall, so mine is unique!
Because of my poor planning, the first step to getting my tree planted was to move all the mulch from a few months ago out of the way. Once I did that I realized the dirt in my yard is about as hard as rock (and full of them). I added water to make it easier to dig.
When you dig a hole for a tree you make it deep enough for the tree, but also about twice as wide as the bucket the tree comes in. And when the dirt is hard, it is NOT fun to dig that much. That said, once the dirt softened to mud it wasn't too bad. It took maybe an hour to dig and less than five minutes to put the tree in and fill the hole back in. Ollie thought the project was very interesting though. Wish I had captured his reaction on video when I accidentally flung a shovelful of dirt his way.
While my tree looks more like a bush for now, I'm hoping it grows quickly enough that I'll get to see it look more tree-ish. That was one thing the Southwood employee wasn't sure about. From what he said most hollies might grow 2-3 inches per year.
The Finished Product:
|A Kathy Ann Batson Holly tree. |
Grows roughly 8' tall and produces red berries in the spring.
Does anyone have any suggestions for other plants I should consider planting? Remember, my yard is very shady!