Another tree is gone.
It has been a wonderful day, sunshine, no wind and a bit cool. Not that I could enjoy it especially much since I work all day but it is nice to know these days still exist 🙂 🙂 Yesterday wasn’t that bad either to be honest. We had lots of sunshine between showers and the grass was wet enough so I couldn’t mow the lawn 🙂
But I did bring out my chainsaw once again. Several years ago I started to cut down an apple tree that had a disease we call tree cancer (I’ll show photographs of it). It is a virus that hots the tree and slowly kills it. This can take several years but if it is a fruit tree it will in the end stop giving any fruit. I didn’t have a chainsaw back then so I used a common saw and realized that the trunk just was too thick for me and a saw 🙂
Every spring I’ve seen the tree and thought that this year I’ll cut it down but I never have 🙂 until yesterday that is. New branches had started to grown on the part of the tree that I had left but this job was so small that anyone could have done it without any bigger risk of injuries. When I had finished the job I took a look at the apple tree growing beside the one I’d taken down.
Even though tree cancer isn’t contagious in any way lots of fruit trees has it and I realized the other apple tree has it too. It also has a fungus that kills almost all new twigs in early summer, so I’ll have to take down that tree too eventually. Not however until I have planted another tree where I cut down the other. I don’t like cutting down trees if it isn’t necessary (except for lilacs 🙂 ) and if one is taken down I think a new one should be planted. I do have several Magnolias growing in pots at the moment (Magnolia kobus, M. acuminata and M. obovata), perhaps I should try one of those there, even if they tend to die every winter here 🙂
It is time to make something to eat and then I’ll enjoy the last sunshine of this day.
Have a great day!