Cool and damp. Yesterday’s rain is soaking in. Still not a drop in the sump, but I know it’s spreading through the soil. I’m feeling much better about the prospects for growth this spring. The chokecherry leaves are out, and the willows draped with yellow, barely green.

We had an arborist come to look at our Austrian pine. It’s been dropping a lot of needles, and we wanted to know why, and if there was anything we could do about it. It turns out to be a fungal infection we can treat, but it’s at least a three-year process.

He looked at all our other trees, too, and found a girdling root
on our sugar maple (and another on our neighbor’s Scotch pine). I’ll remove it this weekend.