Harvest gold crabapple (Malis hybrida) waiting patiently for me to save its life.

Harvest gold crabapple (Malis hybrida) waiting patiently for me to save its life.

Since I'll be heading off to college tonight, I really wanted to get some loose ends wrapped up before leaving. So I was out in the yard just after 7 this morning planting this Lowe's rescue Harvest Gold crabapple (Malus hybrida) ((I think.)).

As if things weren't hard enough for it when we bought it from the clearance pallet, it's languished in it's pot for nearly a month—bad gardener! Bad! So down it went, but first I had to clear away the weeds and terrible overgrowth from Mordor, i.e. the alley side of our yard which I was on top of until I wasn't.

Weeds weeds weeds. Not sure which kinds, but I know there's some pokeweed and this other, bamboo-like stuff.

Weeds weeds weeds. Not sure which kinds, but I know there's some pokeweed and this other, bamboo-like stuff.

I cleared out a wide circle with the machete, raked, and quickly got the tree planted with the post hole digger, then watered and mulched.

Digging was only slightly easier on the morning heat.

Digging was only slightly easier on the morning heat.

The compost pile was a little carbon deficient this morning (stinky) so my wife can add all those leafy weed clippings to help clear that up while I'm away.

We got this tree for half that price, plus a one year guarantee. Every now and again, Lowe's has some good deals.

We got this tree for half that price, plus a one year guarantee. Every now and again, Lowe's has some good deals.

I'll try and dig up the article I found that first got me so excited to bring one of these into the yard, but, in short, it's a beautiful tree that'll provide shelter and snacks for the birds into winter. It's hardy, and just the right size for what I'm envisioning as the future side alley entryway. Here's hopin'!