After being woken up one morning by the sound of a chainsaw outside the window, I looked outside to see a guy swinging through the trees behind our house...
My husband had contacted the Homeowners Association in the spring about the state of some of the trees along the road that our property backs on to and they had responded and called in an arborist who had taken down a couple of trees that had succumbed to Pine Bark Beetle damage.
Some of the trees were still looking *stressed* though and we feared for our "forest" so my husband contacted them again. This time, they took out one small, mostly dead pine tree and then did some clean up on our little forest behind the house.
They look a lot better, and we feel better knowing there's less chance of a branch coming down in a windstorm and damaging our house.
In the fall, we'll be scheduling an appointment to give the pine tree in our back yard a deep fertilization as part of a program to help it recover from the shock it sustained when the house was built.
We want to be able to enjoy our tree for years to come.
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.