I got the North Star cherry tree planted on Thursday like I planned. Ryan, Katie and Calvin helped as best they could as did my brother-in-law Tyler. Before planting the tree I tried cutting out the rest of the stump from the birch tree. 1/2 through the job the chainsaw died. After fighting the chainsaw for an hour or so, I gave up and left it overnight. Friday I used an ax and chopped as much out as I could.
Today Craigslist came through for me. I’ve been waiting for someone to give away free woodchips for a week or so, and today it happened. I filled up the back of our trailblazer and come home to put the chips around the trees.
How do you like the repairs I made to my wheelbarrow? The original aluminum legs folded over one too many times and wouldn’t carry a load. Good new wheelbarrows were too expensive when I had most of a good one still at home. So I used some 2x4s, and a long bolt I had in my parts bins and fixed it up.
Our little cherry tree is finally in its new home! What remains of the stump forms a small mound behind the cherry tree. Small enough that I covered it with sod and dirt, and am hopeful that over time it will rot and settle back down to be flat.