Friday, February 22, 2013

Landscaping--I've Got It in the Palm of my Hand!

What kind of plants and trees do you think of when you think of the beach?  For me nothing says "Beach" better than a Palm tree.  We were super-excited when we had the chance to get three palm trees for FREE!  They were needing to be moved from our other lot to make room for the house we were relocating (more on that here and here).

It was amazing to watch--let me show you!

Tom is shown digging a huge hole for the tree.  A pipe was placed in the hole for watering the tree.  During the first week the water ran slowly and continually to keep the tree hydrated.


Tom, using equipment with a pincer-like claw, lifted a tree from the flat bed and brought it down the street to the Coral Cottage.  His assistant, Bobby, helped to give directions.


With great expertise, Tom and Bobby worked together to swing the tree into the hole which had been marked previously by our landscape architect, Bill Griffin.


 Bobby gave directions to enable Tom to straighten the tree--then my husband Henry gave the final okay to place the tree.  While water rushed into the hole, Bobby and Tom filled the hole back in with dirt.  Tom packed it tightly with the claw of the equipment.  Tom's supervisor, Duke, kept a watchful eye on things.

And that's how it was done!  Cool, huh?

7 comments:

  1. Those are HUGE palms! Very interesting to see them moved and placed. I never would have thought of that. Now your yard will look established instead of everything new. Can't wait to see it finished. This has been a fun journey watching your progress. Everytime I view your blog I learn something new..

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    1. I learned something new too when I watched this happen. Amazing. So glad you're reading along Janet!

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  2. I would have been very worried about it hitting the house! But glad you had some pros!

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    1. The guys always had things under control--which is good because the trees are very tall! My concern was what would happen if there was a strong wind--that has happened now and the trees are still standing up straight!

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  3. Wow. It looks like they did a pretty good job. I've been looking for someone to do some landscaping for me in Victoria, BC, but I'm clueless when it comes to finding the right person. Do you have any tips or guides that you followed while looking for guys who would do the job right? Having something like that would be really helpful. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I was lucky to have a brother who is a landscape architect. I suggest you speak with neighbors and friends who have nice yards and see who they use. You can also check online for reviews. If Angie's List is available in BC then check to see who is recommended.

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  4. Palm is the most common trees you will see in a resort or beach. I have also a little palm tree in my garden and it keeps growing healthy.

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