Recently we received this missive from our intrepid garden correspondant, Sandy Gillis. Since the cool weather and holiday season means many of us are stocking up on firewood, the message is timely and important. Pass it on!
BUY FIREWOOD ONLY FROM REPUTABLE SOURCES! And REFRAIN FROM TRANSPORTING FIREWOOD FROM SAN DIEGO COUNTY! Oh, am I shouting? Yes! And get this: I’m jumping up and down, too, as I shout! The very scary Goldspotted Oak Borer larvae have eaten through 80,000 mature oaks in San Diego County since 2002. GSOB is killing huge numbers of oak trees, just south of here, my tree loving peeps! It arrived, probably in a load of firewood from Arizona or Mexico, most likely in the back of a pickup truck. As yet, there are no biological or chemical controls for GSOB, so containment is key. Thank you, thank you for not buying cheap oak firewood from that guy with the white pickup truck. If the Oak Borer invades our beloved Descanso Gardens (home to 1,400 oaks), LA County Arboretum, or our own backyards and neighborhood parks, it will be devastating. Thank you.