Step 4: Digging The Hole

Our soil has been mulched so it is easy to dig.  If your ground is very hard, try soaking it with the water turned on a trickle overnight and that will loosen it enough to make it easier to dig.   
I had to remove two Blue Spruces from my front lawn because of safety reasons, both trees were damaged by storms and one was too close to electrical lines. I replaced them with a Red Maple. It has been five years and the Red Maple is growing beautifully. I have lots of shade in my back yard and against the advice of some of my "friends" I haven't cut down any of my back yard trees. I simply enjoy hanging my hammock and rest under the shade. Great Instructable!
You are probably glad you saved the trees this year and enjoying the hammock. Thanks for the comment! Have a great day.<br>Sunshiine
It's also a good idea not to plant directly south of your house, at least if you have enough overhang (depth of eaves) to shade the walls in the summer. Winter sun will warm the south side and in through windows, saving energy year 'round.
Nice comment! Thanks so much for sharing! <br>Sunshiine
Nice! <br>I plant trees too. Some too close to the house though and I'm going to have to do something soon while they're still small enough to do something, which I hate.
Get them now and you won't regret it! Easy digging. Thanks for commenting and have a super day! <br>Sunshiine
Interesting writeup! I read a very similar article on Treehugger.com this week, though theirs didn't have anywhere near as many pretty pictures.
Thanks for the compliment! Have a super cool day! <br>Sunshiine
Shading the house is a good idea, but too close can create problems including: <br> <br> * leaves in the gutters <br> * branches rubbing on the roof <br> <br>Both can be managed, but you should be aware.
Thanks for sharing this comment! I appreciate your advice. Hope you have a great day! <br>Sunshiine
Very good Instructable! It's important for people to look at this if they have very few trees. Studies have shown that temperatures of whole cities are affected by a lack of trees; not only for the shade that they provide, but in their ability to clean the air. <br> <br>Well Done!
Thanks for the input! Hope your day is shining! <br>Sunshiine

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