Eight new trees joined Burke Park today. The students in our class got to learn about how to pick a healthy tree from a tree farm and how to put them in the earth. We hand-dug and shaped each hole to be just right. The most special part of the day came right after lunch. A woman brought her late husband’s ashes to scatter at the base of a tree she had donated through Boulder’s Living Legacy program. It was an honor for our class to be able to participate. The trees were all well-mulched, and ready to absorb some moisture from the impending blizzard.
Shovels awaiting use. They are painted pink because every year representatives from our sister city, Yamagata, Japan, come to do cherry tree plantings.
We got a little help from big tools getting the sod off the ground before we dug the holes.
The rocky soils were a little challenging: a student with a pick axe loosens tough dirt.
The tractor also helped deliver trees to their holes. The trees we planted were all about seven years old. Some will grow up to 60 feet, but are heavy and difficult to maneuver even now.
The wire basket that holds the root ball in place has to be removed before planting so that it doesn’t choke roots. In places with more acidic soils, this step can be skipped because the metal decays quickly.
The memorial tree is situated to plant.
A woman pours her husband’s ashes into place among the roots of an Ohio buckeye. It will have white flowers in the spring and broad green leaves all summer.
Grandmother and granddaughter walk away.
The memorial tree.