Yes very bad year for me as well.
Your post is an interesting one. I had not heard about the beetle infestation.
I am getting away from the trees. I will be moving very soon to a major downsize home.
There is ONE tree in the front yard and that is it. However, the back yard is fenced there
is some shade from a neigbors tree.
Big difference from all the trees here that I have dealt with for 15 years. Mostly oak and
hickory. I'll miss it of course but life goes on and I looked for a house with NO trees or
few trees and not much yard to mow.
Maybe you could purchase an inexpensive laptop at walmart.