Oak Leaves Falling In August is NOT A Good Sign

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Dix, Aug 11, 2013.

  1. Dix

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    So, we get to business...


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    To big for either stove, needs some TLC, but ready to roll for this year.

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    Sorting, stacking, separating . Small stuff for the 13, bigger stuff for the PE.

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    January, February stash.

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    More January February.

    That dually wheel barrow is coming in right handy :)
     
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    Good work! :cool:
    Looks like a pretty good mix....Maple, Cherry....maybe some Ash? And not too much soggy Oak that you couldn't use, anyway. ==c
     
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    Wow... oak leaves beginning to fall. I have definitely noticed a season shift for about 3 years now, and I have a bad feeling about this year. Good looking wood stacks there, and the carts certainly do come in handy. Ill be moving stacks to the dry shed in another month.
     
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    Good work Dix.

    The oak leaf that is falling no doubt is from stress. Seems you folks got a bit more rain than normal and that long hot spell cooked them. They should withstand a year or two of that and still make it through.
     
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    Looking good there, lady! Looks like lots of primo wood!
    Haven't seen too many oak leaves dropping, but I noticed that all of the black locust in our area the leaves are really turning brown.....
    And MAN are the tent caterpillars every hammering the cherry trees.......lots and lots of tents out everywhere.
     
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    At the other end of the spectrum, the magnolia in my front yard is still blooming.
     
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  7. Dix

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    Thanks guys

    Maple, cherry, ash, locust and oak mostly. In the back ground of the first pic is one of 2 oaks yet to be tended to in the back yard, hopefully in September. The second one is the same size. Should yield a decent amount of firewood for down the road. This is them before they came down right before Sandy hit.

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    Sorry Dixie, but those are so small, I don't think you'll even get enough kindling to start a fire.:p
    Got a little crazy on the resize thing, eh?;lol
    The stacks, however, look great.
     
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    Smart ass *whap's you with Aunt Esther's Purse" :p

    I have 6 more of the same size that are going to have to come down, soon. Damned carpenter ants. 5 oak & a humungous pine.

    My overly wooded acre. I'm a wood burners dream. Siding since replaced ;)

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    I thought that's what you liked about me.:p
    6 more, eh. You'll have a weeks worth of tooth picks. Good plan.==c
    Seriously, good job.
    I'm still waiting for the tractor to come home so I don't have to use the wheelbarrow to move firewood 100 yards to the shed.!!!
     
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    Get a dually wheel barrow, much easier. Love mine !!
     
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    But, there's still that 100 yard thing......
     
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    Oaks are the last to leaf out here, and the first to fall. Willows are the first to leaf out and the last to fall (along with apples). Live oaks in CA are susceptible to oak root fungus if they get any water in summer, so as The Savage says, it could be the heavier rain this summer that is causing the stress and hence the early oak leaf drop.

    Here I noticed a few leaves turning here and there on some trees on a hike along the river yesterday, so some of the trees are starting to think about the fall. I am at elevation here though, and we get cool breezes off the Cascade peaks so we get spotty micro climate starts to fall which is pretty normal. I also found a grove of black locust on the hike, and what is obviously the location of the town that used to be out here, some 100 years ago. All that is left of the town is the stand of BL. Obviously one original aging BL tree in the center and a group of surrounding later generation ones. All this in a native stand of bigleaf maples, black cottonwoods, Doug fir and red cedar. I may contact the water district and offer to remove the 'evil invasive BL' stand from the otherwise native tree stand. Should be at least 10 cords in there, and it is only a few miles from my house. They have signs up for using only weed-free hay and non-invasive plants out there, so... they may actually go for it.
     
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    Go long :p

    Noticed the mimosas are dropping their fronds, too.
     
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    You guys keep it up and we'll be getting the snow throwers out! Darn, I am still waiting on my tomatoes to ripen! Just started getting summer squash.
     
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    Got tomatoes first of July and squash a bit round then too.
     
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    My tomatoes are also taking their sweet time to orange up . . . a bit of an odd growing year.
     
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    Same here Jake. Picked one 3 days ago, but not quite ripe.
    It's sat in a sunny window since, and looks good enough to eat.:cool:

    Um, yeah, I did yesterday. :cool:
     
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    I have been picking 5 gallon bucket fulls every week. They have just started tailing off!!!
     
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    Nice stacks Dix.
    Have one birch with leaves starting to yellow, may be to not enough water, has been dry here.

    Got my first ripe tomato the 2nd of July. Been eating them since. :)
    Tons of cucs too.
    Has been a great garden & greenhouse year.
     
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    Same in Holbrook , mine are green and falling next door brown patches of leaves on oak tree.
     
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    Acorns coming down today.

    Seriously?? Hopefully an Indian Summer.
     
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    "Chestnuts Acorns roasting
    On an open fire
    Jack Frost nipping
    At your nose"
    Oops, wrong season.==c
     
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    THis summer is getting weirder (IS that a word?) 48 for a low tonight. That would tie the record low of 48 for AUG 15 of 1946,
     
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    45 F or lower tonight. Started closing windows :mad:

    If I didn't have the window AC units in 'cause I know we're going to get nailed again with a heat wave ...........
     
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