Last summer I wrote about my dying Weeping Willow tree ( http://www.georgiabackyardnature.com/georgia_backyard_nature/2012/07/willow-worry.html ). Sadly, today an expert tree cutter took less than an hour to bring down what was once the most beautiful tree in the yard.
I don't know what happened to the tree, but the landscaper found a couple of rotten spots on the stump as well as an area of dark wood. That was the third willow that I've planted in that location. The first two were eaten by beavers. Once this one gained some size and the furry lumberjacks moved away, I was confident it would survive. Too bad I was wrong.
I probably won't replant another tree near the lake. Without the Willow the lake view is much better and I hadn't noticed how it totally overshadowed the River Birch next to it. Now I can see just how lovely the Birch is and that makes up a little for losing my favorite tree.