I guess August is the time to plant Cleveland Select Pear Trees. It seems to be a trend around these parts. I have no idea why…maybe it’s because the landscaping rush is just about over in the big box stores and now the prices are down a bit. Whatever. It just seems that I purchase more trees and shrubs toward the end of the season.
I happened to be near Lowe’s yesterday when I thought it might be a good idea to drop in to see if there were any nice trees available. I haven’t had any luck with Home Depot for…years. I don’t know what’s going on over on that end. Lowe’s has been the place to get the good stuff. Home Depot seems to be jacking up the prices and cutting the selection. I know this might be just perception and the inventory varies in different stores, but I think I have had it with them. Lowe’s gives me what I want.
I was pleasantly surprised when I walked into the nursery area to find a whole bunch of one gallon trees for less than $20. There were Crabapples, Peach trees, Cleveland Select Pear trees, Maples, Oaks and a whole bunch more. I think I got these two Cleveland Select Pear trees for $18.98 each or something like that. Nice.
The reason I really like the Cleveland Select Pear tree is because it’s a pretty tough tree, it grows really fast and it doesn’t get too large. The tag says it grows to about 40 feet. That’s a nice size tree that you don’t have to worry about falling on the house.
Speaking of growing fast…we bought about five or six of these trees last year. They probably grew about two feet this year. Every time I go up and look at them, I am amazed at how thick the trunks are getting. I like seeing something actually grow.
On another note, we have been having a lot of hot, dry weather around here. These Cleveland Select Pear trees haven’t been showing the least sign of stress. the leaves on one of our Hickory trees are turning brown and are getting crispy, but these trees are hanging in there.
I am going to post a few pictures of these trees. I would say they are between four and five feet tall. When I planted them, I made sure to dig a fairly large hole. Then, I put the tree ball in the hole and filled it with compost. When roots have nice soft soil to grow into, the tree grows a heck of a lot faster. When I was done with that, I made a nice moat around the tree to hold any water I put there. That ensures that the roots actually get water instead of just having it run off as the soil gets dry and hard.
PS – The rocks are there simply because I dug them up and got lazy. I just left them there.