We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I have a fatal disease in my large, probably 100 year-old Copper Beech tree. I have diagnosed it as Beech Bark Disease. I've seen the same bark disease on many old Copper Beeches recently - areas of shedding bark on the trunk and dying branches high overhead. It's a damn shame.
Oh joy. One of the fencerows at the Seppofarm consists of elms, ash, a single linden, and a beech. The elms died and shed their bark over the past four years, the ash are now stricken by the ash borers and all are looking grim. The linden is healthy, it appears, and so far so good with the beech. I hope it avoids the sad fate of yours.
Trees are wildly evolved. Dumbbell shaped, as big underground as overground, root capillaries blending to earth at cellular level, solar collectors on swivels in phased arrays accepting/rejecting energy as needed thru every diurnal cycle --spectacular engineering. And so friendly --always, anytime you need repose, some shade, they wood love to give it to you, and otherwise they always leaf you alone.
Yet, they all die - here in Colorado we are losing whole mountains of pine to the Pine Beetle - but is part of the balance - in less than a decade, these decimated areas will be verdant meadows - better for the elk and such. And, in time, aspen then conifers.
Damned hard to watch, as the weaker trees are taken down by predators. Our huge, ancient cottonwoods are on their last legs - our lives will change dramatically when we have to take them down.
Friends, plant another tree or two now for others to enjoy. Your labors will be treasured in the future.