Maple Tree Adopted and Planted

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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.

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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.. .

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El Morno will be back tomorrow, I hope you’ll be back too!

Odd Loves Company,

13 thoughts on “Maple Tree Adopted and Planted

  1. Fine looking tree. I’m sure it will stand and grow strong for a long time to come.
    I’ve told my delivery guys many times that it’s never a good idea to surprise the Lady of the house. A call can make all the difference. If they don’t listen the first time they usually remember to call the second time.
    See you in the morno.

  2. Zug is a beautiful tree. A long time ago I studied trees for some research and learned that the Cherokee believed that every tree had certain characteristics it could share with people – the maple tree will bring the blessings of generosity, balance, promise and practicality to your home.
    May your maple tree bring you all of the above.

    • Thanks for the fascinating information about what a Maple Tree symbolizes. We love our tree and could use some of all of the above. We appreciate the well wishes. So far Zug is fitting in beautifully!

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  4. Love your new tree….I had to have a perfectly good and beautiful tree removed from in front of my house in Ruidoso this was too close to my house according to the Forestry Dept here..There are new rules here about trees/shrubs close to prevention rules..I understand we all have be careful about fires when our houses are in a forest but I sure hated to see my tree go..bummer.. 🙁

  5. I love your new tree. You may or may not know that we bought a wooded lot when we moved to Maryland. Apparently 40 years in El Paso left me craving shade. I love our trees. In fact, the first few years we lived here I absolutely forbid any tree trimming without my supervision (Gordon tends to get carried away with trimmers). Hurricane Sandy did some pruning, last year’s Winter that wouldn’t end did some major pruning. I’m not as passionate about each and every tree these days. In fact having to plant my tomatoes in planters with rollers so I can chase the sunlight is getting old. We’re having the shed built this week that I’ve been assured will be the answer to all of our storage problems. We’ll see. When one of the builders pointed to a small diameter tree and said “This tree will need to come out.” I said “Okay.” Then I looked up. I can’t see the top of this tree. I have no idea how exactly it’s supposed to “come out.” I do know that the door to the shed will be centered between two huge trees, rather than the center of the shed. Because no matter how many times that guy told me it’s only a few inches off, I have a teenager, I can make my point no matter how many ways you try to redirect it. I’m pretty sure they don’t like me. I’m just as certain I don’t care. Enjoy your tree! Shade is a good thing.

    • Thank you. Your shed seems to be coming along. I need to check back about those shingles :-D.
      Shade is a very good thing and I have no doubt you shall prevail!

    • We watered him for the first time today! Thank you for the blessing! He doesn’t look like an unruly tree but you just never know!

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