Saturday we had some professional arborists remove a dead tree near our house. We have spent the last 4 years believing that our big grove of trees contained only Douglas Firs and Western Red Cedars. The tree guys took one look at it and told us the dead tree was a Port Orford Cedar. Unfortunately, it died of a root fungus disease that commonly affects this species. It’s nice to know we have a few more of these uncommon trees on the property (beyond the two we removed in 2009), but now I’m worried that we are going to start losing a cedar to disease each year. The extra wood is nice to burn, but it doesn’t even begin to cover the costs of having one climbed and cut.
Next time a tree dies by our house we are going to have it dealt with sooner. When one of the guys was climbing the tree, it started wobbling so much that they had to tie it off to a neighboring tree to stabilize it. Even then, when he cut the top out, the rest of the tree swung so badly that he said he need a minute to catch his breath.
I’ve never seen wood so dry that was just cut. I have started the wood stove twice now from the wood and not a drop of water foams out of it.
Lee started splitting the wood rounds today. It smells amazing outside our back door with all the fresh split cedar.