Sarah and Jared Klueber live in a new-construction house in Holy Cross with their young son and a dog. The entire property is full, hot sun without a scrap of shade. But the Kluebers are both tree people; they wanted to be able to sit on the back porch and feel enclosed by trees.
Unfortunately, the Kluebers’ backyard didn’t want to be a woodland. A parking lot from the previous construction lies about 8” below the surface of the ground. To plant the trees that the Kluebers wanted, we would have had to jackhammer out and remove tons of concrete and rubble, then bring in truckloads of clean soil, which would have been exorbitantly costly.