One of the trees that looked ok actually has a split trunk from being bent
over in storm. Since it is only a white pine, I don't mind losing it. It is
something I have plenty of on property and this one has had blister beetle
damage to the crown/leader at least once.
Now, I was thinking of cutting it down and building a raised bed around the
stump and tossing annuals in the bed while the stump rots.
Digging out the stump would most likely damage other plants I want to keep
and more importantly damage the neighbor's garden when she's looking to
sell. At least the raised bed would be nicer to look at then a stump or the
Or I could just put a spike in the trunk and train a climber up a post.
The only thing that saves this tree at all is I lost a big piece of my shade
for my hostas and I might have to move a few of them there.
Or I could create a whole new bed for the hosta, but that is a different
Cheryl in southern NH