Glad that you're all ok

105: mindful webworker - gardener

Glad that you're all ok. You were blessed, having it fall safely without injuring any one or damaging property, or the other trees.

At least in our parts, we expect wind storms will likely increase given the powers that be where earth flies circling where our sun flies through the heavens referenced these days as if sterile space.

The last 70mph wind gusts through our neighborhood took down dense wood Cedar Elms for the most part, leaving weak ass ash and pine alone. If the cedar elm were rotten, perhaps from sequential droughts, dry rot within, no strength in cell connective tissue. And no telling where/what spinning winds touch. Our neighbor had her cedar elm shading her home pruned significantly last year. This month, one of its main branches broke off, held by splinters over her roof. She had no idea, having gone outside and seeing no branches on her lawn. Clear view from our kitchen window. The look on her face when we showed her.

When we moved here, no trees, on a shelf of limestone, glaring sun light. No soil, so we had some full loads brought back, and on those hills planted our oaks. Decades later, no sunlight at all in back, making gardening very challenging, especially given the molds. So we decided to keep the deciduous near the house, but remove the live oak near the fence. Our blue jays are thrilled that the invasive squirrels no longer have full overhead access across the lawn; and the jays play in what's left of the stump that was pulverized into oak mulch.

I was sorry when it was decided to remove what I'd planted, trained and pruned over the years, such an illustrious live oak. It was a blessing, bringing shade where there had been none, and shelter for the many nesting and visiting song birds.

But having some open space and sun light with deep, rich soil ready to garden is another blessing.

If your fallen oak location could host a suitable fruit or nut tree of your liking, consider doing yourself a favor for the future. Plant something that helps provide a little subsistence come hard times. Our neighbors have the pecans; I've the plums and concord grapes.

the dumps probably up by now...