The drought that we've experienced for the last couple of years is playing havoc on our Pine trees. Today we have 9 less Pine trees than we did yesterday due to the Pine Bark Beetle. When prolonged drought occurs, an increase in beetle activity is present.
As I stand in the woods, I hear the chomp, chomp, chomping and the tick...tick...ticking going on. At first I thought I was just hearing things but as it turns out, the beetles have been busy eating our trees away. Just so happens, they can kill a tree at a fairly rapid pace...anywhere from one week to one month and the tree is dead.
What used to be lush, full woods that surrounded us is ever-increasingly getting thinner.
See the pine tree with all the bark off. This happened in a matter of less than a month. This tree is now gone as of yesterday.
Over the last couple of years, I've truly lost count at just how many trees we've lost. Though I do know that yesterday, we lost 9 more. We hired a tree cuter to take care of cutting down the trees that were close to different structures and also the ones close to the road, for safety reasons, they had to be taken down. Yes, I'm sad about this.
What can we do? Not a lot, which is very frustrating. We can keep the trees that are close to our home watered, that is suppose to help prevent the Pine Bark Beetles, since they tend to go after drought stressed trees. Though out in the woods, watering isn't really an option. Spraying pesticides, really isn't an option either...danger and cost factors play into the decision of what we can and can't do.
We have some rather large, beautiful pine trees in our front yard. I pray that the beetles stay away from these trees...water...water...water is all that I know that we can do to prevent their demise.
This is what's on my mind today.
Yes, it makes me sad.
From the Heart,