Step 1: Trees
Do a Google search for Native trees in your area and make sure you are not inviting a headache. My husband brought a bush from the ranch to their town home. It thrived there and became a huge problem. He was the one that finally got rid of it forty years later! It helps to know as much as you can about native trees. They are usually easier to grow because they grow in the wild. If planting seeds you might check and see if they need a few weeks of hard frost to grow. Find out how much water they need. Many people water too much. It is important to water deep and less often to prevent the roots from growing where they can cause damage. If you water deep the roots won't usually grow above ground.
You might plant three trees in a cluster for a nice appeal. Consider planting fruit trees if you like to preserve fruit for the winter months. If you are paying for water you might as well get some benefits from it. Choose tall trees that will shade the roof of your house in the summer. This will cut down on your cost as well as resources.
When digging up the seedlings dig deep so you get all the root. You can estimate to go a little deeper than the height of the seedling above the ground. This does not hold true with the pecan tree. It has very deep roots as you can see.
Another thing to consider would be the rate of growth and life expectancy. I read Cyprus trees are shallow rooted and only live about 8-10 years. I would prefer a tree that lives longer. A problem with them is high winds can blow them over.
You might consider digging up several seedlings to plant in case one dies or you don't get a long enough root.
Planting trees for summer shade can increase water usage but it does not have to if . . . you plant native trees. Native trees tolerate the conditions of their environment much better. Planting fruit trees is a good option to consider.
Step 2: Supplies and Tools
Small flat plastic knife or Popsicle stick
Picnic lunch optional
Step 3: Caulking the Rim
Use the pliers to flatten the sharp edges of the can
Place a heavy layer of caulking around the can to cover the sharp edges
Use a Popsicle stick or plastic knife to spread the caulk evening around the can
Smooth with a pinch of water
Allow to dry before painting the can
Step 4: Painting the Container
Place a small piece of plastic bag over the Pringles man and outline him with the marker
Cut it out
Place tape on the outline of the man on the can
Tape the plastic wrapper over the tape to prevent the man from getting painted. See bottom note
Paint the can
The kids can decorate the cans with their pictures or embellish them with craft items you have on hand
Next time I will draw a circle slightly larger than the man and tape the circle to the can over the image
Then paint the can and remove the plastic wrap. Then using the marker color the cans markings that I don't want to show
View image on last page to see what I mean
Step 5: Planting the Tree or Seeds
Poke a hole in the center of the soil with your finger
Carefully place the tree in the hole and cover with more soil leaving plenty of room at the top to water
The can is used for decoration purposes until the tree is planted permanently
Seedlings may go into shock but this is normal. Keep the soil damp and they should be fine as long as you got plenty of root.
Scoop dirt into a plastic bag and place it in the Pringles can. This will make it easier to clean up to use for something else after the tree is planted.
If planting seeds fill a paper cup with soil 3/4 the way full
Place several seeds over the soil and slightly press down over the seeds with your finger
Lightly cover with soil
Keep the soil damp
Transplant within a few days by planting the entire contents of the paper cup in the hole where you want the tree.
You can use the plastic carrier handle for transporting the seedlings or for display
Step 6: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts
My husband will park 3 blocks away from a store's entrance in the middle of the winter to park under a shade tree. A few years ago he planted trees lining the driveway, backyard trees to shade his sawhorses, I counted 5 work stations because he follows the shade, and has his own private shade tree on the curb! The down side is the horses are an eyesore but the upside is I will have a beautiful home and yard when he is finished! I will soon have a sewing and craft room with great lighting for my Instructables. I will also have a place to store seasonal items!
The kids could paint flat rocks with their names and date on them, and place them under the trees. If mom or dad ever move they can bring the rocks to their new home.
The entire family will remember the day they planted Trees! You will appreciate the shade in a few years as well as the extra savings on your utility bills. Your children will thank you for all the memories shared at the family home under the trees. The cans will be a nice container to hold pens and small office items. The Pringles can will make an awesome pasta canister.
I hope this Instructables has inspired you to plant a few memories! Have a cool summer!