Sherman County eNews #91


  1. Pine Trees Dying?

  2. St. Peter’s Catholic Church Plant Sale & Breakfast, April 23

  3. What is next?

  4. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

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1. Pine Trees Dying?

Tree.PonderosaPineThe OSU Sherman County Extension Office has received calls from residents concerned about their pine trees dying.

No matter what is actually causing the damage, here are some management steps/cultural practices you can take to help the surviving trees “hang in there”:

  • Prune off and burn any dead/dying/damaged branches
  • Thin crowded trees so remaining trees have less competition for water, nutrients and soil space
  • Water and fertilize trees regularly
  • Make sure soil around trees is not compacted by vehicles traffic or concrete (poor drainage is hard on tree roots and can cause root rot)
  • Keep soil around trees free of weed competition, mulch to hold in moisture & control weeds
  • Hose off trees to remove dust, mites, insects
  • Regularly spray trees for general insect control during the growing season

There are several insects that cause a lot of damage to pine trees, including scale, moths, mites, pine beetle, aphids, miners/borers, mites and more.  An actual inspection of your trees by an entomologist or horticulturist may help diagnose the problem.

But in general, the “big one” in the Northwest is pine bark beetles.  They tunnel inside the trees to lay their eggs, some species can spend most of their lives inside the tree, causing long term damage to the circulation system of the tree, plus the nematodes that live with the beetles.  Look for small holes bored through branches or sap coming from trunks or sawdust-like material on branches.  A big problem in our area is the California Fivespined Ips beetle (CFI), but there are others:  Western Pine Beetle, Red Turpentine and Mountain Pine.

A link to the Washington State University publication on CFI:

Page 3 gives some management strategies (like the cultural practices I listed above) which also include NO bark dust or wood piles near your trees (which can act as host sites for the beetles).

Insecticides are not recommended for managing CFI beetles, as the publication says insecticides will not kill beetles already in a tree but may be effective in treating trees before attack.  The current Pacific Northwest Insect Management manual does list the following for Mountain Pine Beetle:

Carbaryl (“Sevin”) – spray in early June or before beetle flight.  Spray from ground level to limbs 5 inches or more in diameter.

~ Cindy Brown | Educator

4-H Youth Development & Healthy Living

OSU Extension Service – Sherman County

541-565-3230 | C: 541-993-5291

2. St. Peter’s Catholic Church Plant Sale & Breakfast, April 23

flower.zinnia1Come visit the plant sale and breakfast at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Sunday, April 23 at 10 a.m. The plant sale will run until 3:00 p.m. Choose from a selection of perennials, ground cover, herbs, annuals, shrubs, and small trees. Baked goods will also be available. Buy raffle tickets for a garden basket that contains seeds, bulbs, pots, and other garden-related items. The sale will take place in the St. Peter’s Parish Center at 10th and Cherry Heights in The Dalles. 

3. What Is Next?

Do you ever feel let down after you reach a goal that you have worked long and hard for? Let’s talk about why that happens and how to avoid it.

Did you know that people are teleological beings? We are goal, or picture, oriented. That means that it is absolutely critical for us to have goals and to know what we want in life. But what happens when we get what we want? When suddenly the goal we have been working so hard to achieve has been accomplished and now there is nothing to strive toward?

Well, most of us have a tendency to flatten out – we shift our energy into neutral, and start to feel deflated and let down. We lose our drive, our creativity and our initiative. Sometimes we even feel restless or a little depressed.

If you would like to avoid this trap, learn to set your goals to take you through – not just up to – your objective. In other words, don’t wait until you’ve achieved a goal before setting another one. Goal-setting is a very powerful force. However, it needs to be continuous and ongoing if it is really going to get you anywhere.

Of course, you can kick back and rest whenever you want to. But if it’s a choice you’ve made, not something imposed on you by circumstances, it’s likely to be a much more satisfying time out. It’s a decision made by intent, and not by neglect.

So, keep asking yourself, “What’s next? What more do I want to do? Where do I want to go next?” It is important to keep growing in all aspects of life, and continuously setting and affirming clear goals is one of the best ways to do it. ~ The Pacific Institute


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