Fall/Winter this year in the Willamette Valley has been perhaps the wettest on record. In October alone, which marks the beginning of our rain year, we had more than 11 inches of rain; by the end of January over 27 inches of rain had fallen in 4 months. The relentless rain and resulting mud made it nearly impossible to dig up our nursery trees – we’ve been waiting endlessly for a break in the rain to last long enough to dry the ground and give us enoughdays to get the trees out (we needed 4 or 5 days to complete the dig).
By the last several days of January we got the break we needed, unbelievably considering the circumstances, and the dig started. We have hired a nearby professional nursery to dig the trees for us with their mechanical digger, since digging so many trees by hand would arguably be lunacy.
Have a look!