Planting Trees with the Boys

Almost every time that my boys are playing in the backyard, the Los Angeles sun beats down on us. I feel a pang of regret that we didn’t plant more shady trees when we first moved into our house…5 years ago. We did plant some ornamental trees but they do little for us during this drought and hot, dry weather we’ve been having.


This spring, I stopped regretting and started doing! I found a great online store that ships trees to your door at an extremely affordable price. They provide what zones and conditions are best for each tree. I felt confident to take the plunge; so in honor of my sons’ consecutive birthdays, ages 2 and 4, I ordered three trees that are considered fast growing: a rainbow eucalyptus and two royal empress. The royal empress flowers had large leaves in the summer that grew to as wide as 12” even while the tree trunk itself still looks like a weed, providing excellent shade!



My husband dug the holes and both of our boys helped back-fill and water them. We are all excited to watch them grow and hope to see them gain a few feet in the first year. It’s never too late to plant a tree!






About Becky Nimoy

Becky Nimoy is a Southern California native, residing in the small but lively Los Angeles port town of San Pedro, along with her high school sweetheart and husband, two baby boys (ages 2 years and 2 months), and their 3 cats. When she can manage it (having two boys is rough!), she loves to draw, bake, repaint the rooms and work in the garden. In her spare time she and the boys like to explore the many parks that San Pedro has to offer and hike on the horse trails of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. She is passionate about all things chocolate, eating organic as much as possible and using cloth diapers on her kids. She holds a B.S. in Art History from UCLA and a professional certificate in Interior Design through UCLA Extension. She freelances as an architectural draftsman and stationery designer.

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