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06:39 PM - 03/29/2015

The topic: We didn’t realize the trees were dying


when there was a knock at the door last November or December.  The part of the trees that was dying was on the outside and since we didn't go that way (due to the road being incredibly potholed at the end), we never saw it. It was a man who owns a tree trimming company. He and Brian walked through the yard and he gave Brian an estimate. Brian was up front with him, let him know we didn't have the money to do this, but he would get in contact with him when we did.

The first thing Brian did was to order some insecticide spikes for the trees. He did this years ago, before the last time they were trimmed and the insecticide stopped the killing almost immediately.  He did what he knew had worked in the past. Then he watered the hell out of them. He had a hose going for two weeks, he'd move it from tree to tree.

It's been stressed by well meaning (ha!) folks that once a tree has beetles, it's doomed. 

You tell me.

The first photos were taken on January 8. The second set were taken yesterday morning. There was no change in the dead area in the months since the insecticide was applied. 

Clicking on a picture will take you to a bigger photo in my family album; clicking on that picture will open a larger photo.

So, do you think they're gonna die anytime soon? I'm not betting on it. 

But then, there are those who have no experience, but know someone who knows someone who said...and that makes them experts. Even though they've told you in the past that trees NEVER stop growing....(oh, yeah? Then show me a tree that's reached the moon. Go ahead, I dare ya.)



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lisaviolet is sixty something, married with no kids, takes care of lots of cats, likes taking photographs, loves Southern California weather and spends altogether too much time avoiding her responsibilities.

In her spare time, she makes pretty things to sell in her store.

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