I would rather have a yard full of leaves than a big spot to mow, so I bought several trees from Lowes last summer when they were 75% off. What a deal! The problem with buying and planting them when they are 75% off is that their roots aren't strong yet and it takes a lot of work for them to survive the heat and drought of July and August. I think I lost three of them to the heat.
When I lived on Bear Hollow the Bear Branch of Whites Creek was just ten feet from my back door. The trees there were old and quite large. I had maples, walnuts, dogwoods, sycamores, redbuds, tulip poplars and more (I had a pawpaw which means I could have zebra butterflies! a pawpaw and butterfly post. The young trees that came up freely every year would grow fast. I never had to water the trees on Bear Hollow. They thrived there by the beautiful creek and the walnuts were always loaded.
Psalm 1 is only six verses long, but they have a powerful message that is the perfect opening for the book of Psalms and the perfect verses to challenge us in how we will live our lives in this new year. They hold a great promise "and in whatever he does, he prospers."