Tree Delivery – Wait! Wrong Garage!
Introducing Zug! Our Maple Tree…
Perhaps you recall that back in August, my teen and I made a trip to the tree farm to adopt a Maple tree. We laid claim to a Deborah Norway Maple. Zug, or Zerg as Vickie (our friend and camp helper) calls him, is about 18 feet tall and has a 3-inch tree caliper. He will be green in the summer and yellow in the fall, and he does not shed flowers, fruit, or thorns.
The tree planters arrived with young Zug two hours earlier than expected. We were in the middle of giving four pups a bath so that they would be squeaky clean before we took them home when the howl of the pups alerted me that someone was at the door. The tree planters’ early arrival meant that Cole would have to handle pup transport while I handled tree planting. We are nothing if not flexible around here. When I asked the tree planters why they didn’t call to alert us to their early arrival, the lead guy said that he forgot.
Issue one: how to bring Zug into our yard? He’s a big tree. The lead tree planter motored around the block twice on his fork life, in the rain, hauling Zug as he tried to figure out the best way to bring him into the yard before I remembered to tell him about the large carport gate that Cole had built to accommodate the Bug. I forgot.
Once I remembered, Zug was quickly moved into the yard, a large hole was dug, and he was planted in the ground (please, let him be firmly planted in the ground). Soon, the tree planters were on their way, and I was left to admire our maple tree.
The best time to have planted a tree might have been when we moved into our house 17 years ago this month, but we didn’t; however, I’m pretty sure the next best time to plant a tree is now. Zug is bold, beautiful, and I have no doubt he will be bountiful with shade as he matures. He looks right at home with our 50-plus-year-old pine trees, who I’m sure have plenty of stories to share with the young maple tree.
Meet Zug. The pictures-video are nothing mucher’s. It was overcast and rainy. I’ll take better pictures this weekend.
They can’t get the base of the Zug through the gate. Discussing options.
Zug took a few trips around the block…
And finally Zug’s hole is just right….
Zug the Magnificent Maple.. .
El Morno will be back tomorrow, I hope you’ll be back too!
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