Sucker born every minute
September 23, 2021
An obsession with air drainage led me to inadvertently create soil drainage.
A hillside was covered with evergreen huckleberry, and the shrubs had been struggling beneath a bigleaf maple canopy for years. Fallen huckleberry leaves had piled up beneath dead undergrowth and grown moldy.
I wanted to take advantage of the hillside's excellent drainage and thought little about sun exposure. Reasoning that moldy mats were an unhealthy circumstance for any kind of fruit tree I might plant, I thinned the evergreen huckleberry by 25%. I think my worst rookie mistake was pulling out the roots.