Well the oaks are dying; seems like half of everything else too.
Nobody's said as much but I was guessing emerald borer beetle. Being a
woman I can't seem to let things go in a waft of shades of gray; gotta
be black or white for sanity's sake.
So much tupelo that apparently are no good to anyone beside apiarists in
Forester has offered up for bid 100s of oaks & maple. And maybe even
what could be my last aspen and cherry birch, AFAIK. (They can have 'em
if they're goners anyway.)
I was thinking about trying to replace things I've not seen on that
property for way too many years. Should I give up & let nature have its
way, or would it do any good to try something...old?
Like butternut, sassafras, or maybe try to plant more aspen or cherry
birch somewhere on the other side of the property. Serviceberry, I
believe, used to inhabit some of the land. White dogwood used to dot all
the hillsides too, IIRC. Some pines...was too young then to know them
well but, maybe with the proper spore offerings? Something they might
like to cohabitate with, mychorhizally speaking. Or how about a truffle
But I don't wanna stop at trees...there were sweetferns too. Anyone
who's old enough to remember that green-colored "herbal essence" shampoo
knows the fragrance of those. Heady! I won't bore you further with the
list of plant oddities & rarities but, I'd welcome some suggestions as
to what I might could do kind of prod things along after the trees are
removed. (I'm saving all the trees that surround the immediate lodge, so
tough toenails there.)
My primary focus (beside my own selfish purposes) are to help maintain
the wildlife there. I'd love to hear the Whippoorwills again. The
lowbush blueberries will survive, as well the mountain laurel.
Sorry so verbose.
- posted 1 year ago