So just how did we refill the space gained from loosing the coconut palm? Why, by being green and planting another palm of course! But we were smart this time. We went out and bought the biggest Kerpis palm that we could find at our nursery. But before we could plant anything in this space, the stump had to be removed.
These two guys, from the nursery, spent a little over four hours getting enough of that stump out to be able to plant the new tree. I was amazed at how incredibly hard palm wood is.
I had to force them to take a break from this back-breaking, hot and hard work. By force, I mean I offered them a Coke on two different occasions!
Ready to be de-bagged and straighten.
Putting in the good dirt they brought with them.
Voila! Our new palm tree!
Of course, we are getting no shade from this tree yet but we feel good that replaced a bad tree with a good one. The best part was that the nursery guys went around to all of our plants afterwards. They inspected each one (most having been bought from them anyway!) and assessed their health, updated us on how to take care of them and which would now have to be moved to get out of the sun.
Total cost for palm tree, labor, Cokes and tip was around $130 USD. Sure beats having a coconut fall on your head!