On Saturday we went to Arlington's second annual Ecofest. It was way cool, although, Levi only let us stay for about thirty minutes before he started melting down (it was pretty hot out). While we were there, however, we did manage to get a free tree, which I thought was pretty cool. They were just giving away these little ones in pots, probably $15 if you bought it at Home Depot, but we wouldn't have bought it, so it worked great.
Tree planting has been a source of contention in our household for 5 years now. Michael wanted to buy a more mature one and have it professionally planted, which would require us saving up a substantial amount of money for it (I've heard of it costing $1,000-$1,500). The problem with that is that other household projects always took precedent over tree planting. I always just wanted to buy a "stick-in-a-pot", as my mother-in-law and I call it, and plant it and see what happens. The problem with that, however, is that I could never get Michael to agree to it. I also didn't know they were so cheap! If we would have done that when we first moved in, though, we would have had a bunch of 5 year old trees by now.
So when they gave us a free one, we thought, 'What the heck. Let's plant it in the back yard and see what happens.' Planting your first tree is a little like having your first child. You don't really know what you're doing or what to expect, but you just hope that everything will turn out alright. You read the directions, plant it, train it up right, and hope that it all works out.