|Those aren't twigs! They're 3-year old Black walnut and Kentucky coffee trees.|
A few sunny and warm days helped dry up the soil and created optimal planting conditions. Arik and Rachel have quite the system at getting the trees in the ground!
First, they stake a string in a straight line to use as a guide for planting (rows are spaced 12 feet apart). The string has knots every 9 feet to mark where to put a tree.
Arik uses a planting bar to make a hole at every other knot; Rachel follows behind, planting a spruce in the hole.
|Coffee tree root ball.|