After getting pampered for a little while on Saturday the hubs and I spent the rest of the day scouring Home Depot, Lowes, and Cornelius Nursery for the various items we needed to complete a landscaping project around our house. Remember back in September of last year when I posted about removing some dangerous metal edging around one of our beds (as well as the weeds)? Well, we also added about 10 bags of mulch to that bed in an attempt to keep the weeds from growing. Good news: we blocked the weeds. Bad news: we killed the tree. The theory is that with the ridiculously hot summer plus the drought the tree was probably barely hanging on anyways… then we added 10 bags of heat-insulating mulch and essentially fried the roots. Whoops. Good thing is I hated the tree anyways. Anywho, this weekend we decided it was time to rip that sucker out and replace it with a new tree and add some flowers to the bed underneath it. Personally, I would have rather planted a creeping groundcover (less maintenance) but the hubs wanted annual flowers. Considering the sunburn he got while planting them makes me wonder if he’s reevaluating that decision. Nonetheless, we now have a pretty new tree and flowers. Go us. Let’s hope we don’t kill them this time.
Pretty new tree (it’s called a Plum, Cherry ‘Krauter Vesuvius’ tree – it keeps those pretty dark red/maroon/plum colored leaves throughout the year and has delicate pink and white flowers in the spring)
Side note: the hubs got severely sunburned because he didn’t put on sunscreen but make no mistake… I was out there sweating my butt off and covered in dirt right alongside him.