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Squirrels sometimes do good
Over the years I have pulled up hundreds of pecan tree saplings that the squirrels planted in the wrong place, mostly right up next to the house. Pecans have really long tap roots, so by the time the little tree can be seen it is usually too late to transplant it successfully so they break off when I try to dig them up. I usually have to take out more pecan treelings than dandelions every spring and summer.
We do have two really large ones on the north side of the house that we were able to leave in place. Course, now each fall the squirrels and I are in competition for pecan eating rights.
This spring we have been finding Oak tree saplings. I love Oak trees. I have been nursing one along that came up in the middle of the cotton patch I had a few years ago, this year it is a little over two feet tall and growing. I also found two among the hollyhocks - one is too large to try moving so in about 10 years that garden area will have to change from sun to shade, the other one I was able to dig up and pot.
I found one in the middle of my geranium pot out front that was easy to repot. And there were two under the crepe myrtle out back that we will try to move after we soak the ground really well. Mother Nature might do that part for us tonight by giving us some rain....fingers, toes, legs and eyes crossed in hopes of bringing on the rain.
We are going to keep the saplings in pots, if they make it thru summer and fall, then we will transplant them to the front yard late next winter.
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When we lived in Wisconsin the squirrels planted some walnut trees for us. They were large when we moved to Arizona. I wonder how big they are now. They grow pretty fast. Dooley
Lucky you to have the help of the squirrels. Around here, all they manage to do is dig up my bulbs and eat them! ~Kelly
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