On our last trip to the cabin, we went out in the woods and selected some trees to dig up and transport home. Birch, pine and maples.
Once home, we transplanted them in various locations on our ten acre plot. The ground was dry and no rain in sight.
The trees needed water. Desperately. I hooked the 4 Wheeler to a trailer and found some buckets. Mostly five gallon pails.
The first day, I gathered ten buckets and filled them all with tap water. Each tree got about a third to half bucket of water. I emptied them out and refilled them and went back out to water the rest. Time consuming.
In the back of my mind I was thinking that a sprayer would be nicer.
Well. My hubby was thinking the same way. He says to me, "honey, I have a couple drums that hold 55 gallons apiece. I have a hose, nozzle and a small sump pump - like for a boat. How about I rig up a watering system so you can just drive around and spray? It would mean just turning the water on and off. No heavy pails."
I said, "hallelujah!"
Water from the hydrant. Barrels filled. 110 gallons of water, give or take.
A 12 volt battery with a wire leading to pump in bottom of barrel. A hose from said pump to sprayer in my hand. One hand on throttle, left foot on sprayer. Drive to first tree. No rushing. Steady as she goes.
A little sloshing. Venture to first tree.
Pick up nozzle. Turn water on. Point at bottom of tree.
At this point I counted to 23. It would have been more scientific to partially fill a pail to see how much water I was putting on each tree, but 23 seemed like a goodly amount.
Now, on to the next tree. Repeat.
All in all, it took me 2 hours to water all the trees. Maybe if I wasn't taking pictures it would have gone faster. Who knows. Perhaps who cares.
Variety of Trees
Some of the trees we found had pollen balls or catkins on them.
I'm hoping the following picture is a butternut tree, but it may be a hickory nut tree. After I planted this, I found two butternut trees online. I have not received them as of this date.