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Old 11-11-2019, 07:18 PM   #31
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Welcome back @Mystriss . I am so sorry about your pinched trees and neck. Wait, never mind. Today's been a bad week.

I am sorry to hear about losing your beloved land marks. And about your pinched nerve. Others have done a better job of expressing concerns for your loss than I can right now.

Regardless, glad you are back. And, you can be online when you are restricted to bed, trust me, I am sad to say that I am very familiar with doing it.
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Old 11-12-2019, 02:03 AM   #32
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I think it's better now... the neck I mean, not the trees yet, our yard right now is bathed in moonlight and it's so desolate.

I'll try to remember to take a picture of the hole Mr. Squirrel dug to punish us :P
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@Mystriss , trees can be replaced, necks, not so much.

Hope you stay better.
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Old 11-16-2019, 12:14 PM   #34
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Here's the big hole Mr. Squirrel dug out as punishment:

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We've been making peanut offerings every few days to appease him. When it gets cold enough all day we'll make some meat offerings and hopefully he'll stop chiding us.
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Just to cap off this thread. They were finally able to get out here to grind out the stumps so we're left with nothing but some large mounds of wood chips. :/

The next generation is officially started though. Here's Mr. Squirrels lovely future home, should he decide to remain the king of our yard after all he's been put through:

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She's an adorable, perfectly positioned, baby blue spruce hybrid. The old one was a standard Colorado blue, but this one is a hybrid that supposedly grows a bit faster. We shall see; right now she's at 53" and growing like a weed as you can see by all the light green tips. She got a healthy dose of tree fertilizer with her fresh special mix tree top soil so we'll see where she's at by the end of summer.

Sadly, I'm not sure things are all peaches with our spruces. One of the only two remaining mature black spruces on our property is looking pretty ill today:

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The tree folks couldn't find any bore holes last summer, and I had them look again when they came to spray them to protect against beetles; they still don't think the beetles got it. I gave this one some fertilizer and water as well so hopefully it was just the hot summer last year that has it looking so wimpy. I'd hate to have to take it down too :/
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@Mystriss , hope your new baby makes it!

We're having no end of trouble with bark beetles in the mountains down here.
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There used to be a soil-injected systemic pesticide....a long probe attached to a water hose with a metered cup. That was 30 years ago in CA. One big pine turned orange at the tip and died, so I tried on some other pines and nearby cedars. They all turned out OK. Forgot name of system. The downed tree was sprayed and covered with a tarp for a week or so before removal.
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@DoomsDave I hope they're at least trying to clean them up before wildfire season. Up here we can leave a lot of them to the natural process (which beetles are an important part of the process) but I think in CA you probs have too much human buildings to do that yeah?

@Cedrus I'm not sure what the tree folks up here use, I don't remember ever seeing a probe though. We're not allowed to watch the spraying, like we have to stay away from the area while they spray and from the area as best we can for a day or so. They put fliers on everyone's doors a few days before they spray too, the past few years they might as well have just stuck a sign on the road that they were continuously doing the entire neighborhood heh Anyway, I guess I thought they just sprayed the trunk up to 15' and that stops the buggers from being able to get into the tree, they apparently can't fly, or at least not well enough to get anywhere; however, I gotta wonder if they can go through the roots or something. My front spruces were more than 15' foot away from each other, and probably 80' or more from any "not my property" spruces, so I'm not sure how much I believe that heh
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@DoomsDave I hope they're at least trying to clean them up before wildfire season. Up here we can leave a lot of them to the natural process (which beetles are an important part of the process) but I think in CA you probs have too much human buildings to do that yeah?

@Cedrus I'm not sure what the tree folks up here use, I don't remember ever seeing a probe though. We're not allowed to watch the spraying, like we have to stay away from the area while they spray and from the area as best we can for a day or so. They put fliers on everyone's doors a few days before they spray too, the past few years they might as well have just stuck a sign on the road that they were continuously doing the entire neighborhood heh Anyway, I guess I thought they just sprayed the trunk up to 15' and that stops the buggers from being able to get into the tree, they apparently can't fly, or at least not well enough to get anywhere; however, I gotta wonder if they can go through the roots or something. My front spruces were more than 15' foot away from each other, and probably 80' or more from any "not my property" spruces, so I'm not sure how much I believe that heh
The biggest problem is in the mountains, which have fairly extensive forests. There's not the kind of places like Paradise, but a few areas are vulnerable to fire.
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The biggest problem is in the mountains, which have fairly extensive forests. There's not the kind of places like Paradise, but a few areas are vulnerable to fire.
Yeah... sigh, well, if **** hits the fan down there, we'll send down our fire peeps as usual to help out :/
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Yeah... sigh, well, if **** hits the fan down there, we'll send down our fire peeps as usual to help out :/
It might just!

And, we'll cook up some pozole if they want some.
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