I live in Centralia WA next to the Skoomchuck river - one border of my property is a very steep riverbank. My parcel isn't large: ~.75 acre, but to me, that's huge.
I moved into this house about a year ago, and I've been basically watching how and where the rain flows over the ground, where does the sun shine and when, just watching...
There are a bunch of trees on the river's edge: big leaf maple, redwood, two types of cedar I can't quite identify, doug fir (natch), pine, and I think that's about it. Probably 30ish total.
In the middle of the yard, there are two hazelnut trees and one apple tree. During our most recent windstorm, BOOM went the apple tree. I have a tree guy coming over to up limb (is that right?) a pine tree that is dropping mossy limbs on a pedestrian walk, they'll chip the various and sundry limbs lying around that my dog thinks are toys, and we planned to use the apple tree for firewood until...
SHOT HOLE BORERS!
Hokay - I'm from Philly, I grew up in an apartment, and this is my first foray into anything that might have something boring into it. When the tree blew down, I figured it had reached the end of its life, although last autumn's apples were delicious!
The hazelnuts...well, one isn't looking so great, so it's going to go, and the other one looks okay, but now I'm all freaked out about these borers and Yikes. I'll go out and poke around in the bark on those bad boys soon.
Question 1: Ye Ole Internet says to burn the wood, like torch it. The apple tree is where it fell, my dog is taking limbs off here and there, and while I'd love nothing more than to set those damn bugs on fire, we aren't allowed to barrel burn in the city limits. Can I use it for firewood if I keep it separate from the real wood pile? I'd have to shake off the sawdust first :/
Question 2: How grave a threat are these things to my other trees? I don't know how far these guys travel, but the apple tree is about 15' and 25' from the hazelnuts (which I never got to taste because squirrels, but squirrels gotta eat, too).
Question 3: Are the $@#%@ an immediate threat - like, should the tree guy come out Right.Now to take care of this business? My plan was to have him come out in March or so (I work for the Fed. Gov't, and the shutdown, you know, it sucks), so I keep pushing back the date to have him bring down all his gear and people.
Question 4: Is there a reason to allow the beetles to munch on the quite dead tree as a circle of life thing? Will wee birdies eat them?
Thank you so much for reading this far. Yes, I speak like this in real life.