We dropped the two Catalpa trees before they started leafing out. Then it was a matter of trimming limbs and blocking up the trunks; about a day a piece for Kathryn and I. I split the large chunks by hand. I broke up the sessions up with the 2nd tree to reduce the strain on my lower back. It also helped that I used the second stump as a splitting platform. Eric transported the roughly two face cord of wood to the shed. Then we resurrected wood chipper. We had to clean out mouse nest and clear the chutes, but it worked great once we had it going. The branches we chopped into small chips which are destined for the trails across the road.
Once again I ordered trees and bushes through Herkimer County Soil and Water district: 50 White Spruce and 10 blueberry bushes. The ten blueberry bushes were to fill in some holes in the existing row of bushes. We waited until noon to plant so the sun could warm up the day. Kathryn, Scout and Cullen all enjoyed being outside and feeling the sun.
The 50 spruce trees were to fill in the rows of Fraser Firs planted in the pasture across the stream with 10 trees planted in the woods across the road..