So there was one more tree to move this winter: the Fuji cherry. We’d planted it outside R’s window, but then the neighbours planted a Japanese maple about 2m away on the other side of the fence. Over time the maple will shade out the cherry, and it was interrupting the buddleia screen anyway so it had to go somewhere else.
It took a little while to think of a spot: we really do have enough trees now, and though there are a number of bare spots around the yard, all of those will be subject to earthworks and ground level changes in the future.
The steps up from the orchard need to have something nice bordering them, and we have the citrus on one side but nothing on the other, so it seems like as good a place as any.
The spare grass went over to the bare spot where we used to step down onto the trampoline (we ripped up the big rubber tiles that were there).
It’s one of the steepest spots in the yard here, so a rock wall will be required. Good thing we have lots of rocks from our vege patch levelling.
OK, all ready to go. This whole effort took about an hour.
Then we start digging out the cherry. It was pretty happy in its spot among the buddleia and the westringia.
It’s a pretty cramped spot to dig, though, so we had a rest in the middle of the day, and visited some friends up the road. Most of the dirt comes out with the little hand fork so as not to damage the roots too much.
Late in the afternoon it comes free and we’re ready to replant.
That hole was just big enough …
Ah, great success! The branches have been trimmed right back so it can expend more effort on growing new roots, and so it isn’t too thirsty in its first year. It’s got a good layer of nicely-rotting mulch on top and some anti-chicken bark.
This will be nice to walk past on the way to and from the orchard!