It seems counter-intuitive to plant a tree this late in the year, but the experts insist you can. Besides, if you find a tree you like, you can get them for a real bargain right now. This is personally relevant because there’s a 30-foot long flower bed in our backyard where — to economize — we planted mainly sunflowers from seed this summer. Here’s a picture of them at their peak.
And they looked great — for about a week! After that, the sunflowers that didn’t droop and break were soon ravaged by the squirrels — sloppy eaters who dropped large chunks which in turn were feasted on by rats. They loved it. A real mess. It exacerbated a rat problem up and down our alley–one which has generated multiple visits this year by the nice folks from the city’s rat abatement swat team.
That did it. I decided I would look for some end-of-the-season bargain trees to plant in the former rat garden. And here was the deal–if I was willing to forego the guarantee and plant the trees myself, I could get a 35% discount at one of my favorite garden centers. I happily purchased three, small serviceberry trees and put them in. Here they are.
Anyway, I think I planted them correctly (with soil conditioner, water, mulch, not too deep), but planting a tree is an act of hope. And my record for late-season tree planting is decidedly mixed. Let’s see if these make it through the winter. But one thing I know for sure — no way am I planting another rat salad bar.