As I reported here in this blog, back in August of last year, we sadly had to say goodbye to the mature pine tree that we fell in love with when we bought our house. The arborist that had removed the tree came back in the fall to plant a replacement.
I will admit, we had a bit of a scare after "Junior" had been planted. We started seeing lots of yellow needles and dropped needles. For a while, we feared that we'd have to cash-in on the one-year guarantee that the arborist offered and get yet another tree. We worried was it not getting enough water, was it getting too much?
As my husband was watering it one day, from the faucet at the back of the house, something suddenly came to me. We have a water treatment system installed and it was connected specifically behind the water connection for the sprinkler system and the faucet at the front of the house, so it didn't affect those water outlets. But all the other faucets around the house were supplied via the treatment system. Great if we wanted to drink clean water right out of the faucet, or have lots of suds when washing the car, not so good for watering plants because the natural mineral content of our water had been altered.
I mentioned this to my husband and from that point on, we started watering "Junior" either from the rain barrel, or from the faucet at the front of the house.
I'm happy to report that "Junior" is doing very well. The needles stopped turning yellow almost immediately after the change and this spring, it's vigorously putting out candles of new growth.
Of course, "Junior" has a long way to grow--it's currently about 20 feet tall, nowhere near the 80 ft + of the original tree. We just have to be a little patient. According to historic aerial photos of our area on Google Earth, there weren't any trees here about 35 years ago - it was farmland.
So yes, we just have to be patient, although the local bird population is eyeing it up already :-)
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.