24 May 2009

Landscaping improvement

I think one can safely say that "alive" is preferred to "dead" in nearly every situation, especially landscaping. Yet we've been in a quandary over this very question for the past few weeks.

Our Japanese Maple, planted last fall, failed to produce a single leaf this spring. Most of the stems were dry, yet the bark on the trunk was still green, so we couldn't tell if the tree was dead or alive. We set a "deadline" (lame pun intended) for Memorial Day weekend. If no leaves appeared by then, the tree would be replaced.

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Today was the day. With still no leaves in sight, Spouse removed the tree and returned it for a replacement. He came home with a new Japanese Maple, unquestionably very much alive. What an improvement!

8 comments:

:: gingerkitty :: said...

Japanese Maple sounds beautiful

Debbie said...

Your front is looking nice, you put in a very pretty assortment of colors

Lida said...

That looks very good, I think you are doing a good job!

Maureen said...

Very nice. Great choice of new tree!

Kristina said...

Looks wonderful! I planted a Japanese Plum last year on Mother's Day that looks pretty good this year..it actually had pretty pink blossoms on it a while back.

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

That's too bad - congrats on the replacement though!

Sarah C. said...

The new tree looks great especially with all the landscaping work you've done in that bed. :)

toners said...

It's going to look beautiful!! Happy new tree!