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.
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.
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.
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'!