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Hunting for trees to cut in my woods

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by stanleyjohn, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. stanleyjohn

    stanleyjohn Feeling the Heat

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  2. basod

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    white birch, maple, hickory, sweetgum, poplar, and species of red oak.

    Be careful on those bowed snags there's a lot of energy stored there
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    Thanks ill be carefull! You seem to know alot about tree types!i got alot to learn.
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    You've got a good mix post some pics of the progress.
    Closer pics of the rounds will be easier to ID
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    lots of good stuff there, Stanley! Like Basod said, be careful with those bowed blowdowns......lots of potential energy in some of them. with the proper undercutting and top-wedging technique, those big leaners can be brought down relatively safely. Just be extra careful.

    I wish I had some of those big boulders and that stone wall. I could do some major landscaping around that house with all that stone!
    That wall has probably been there since colonial times.......
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    My place looks similar many trees bowed. I can cut a standing tree easily but never attempted one bowed. Where can I find how to do this. At least fifty trees that are bowed or the whole root ball and tree fell over. Any help would be appreciated. I am a young 63YO with a wife that I don't want anywhere near me when I am cutting. She can split but it scares me when I am felling.
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    Do a google search on the net, you can also go over to Youtube. But, alot of IDIOTS post videos on there too. Best thing I can tell you in a nutshell is to look at the tree very carefully, to try and see where the most potential energy is stored. Every tree/job has it's own circumstances and risks, so take your time and be very careful. Think about the 'physics' of the job at hand.....
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    Also watch out for the rootball because that can stand up when the weight is taken off of it!

    Gary
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    Don't forget to leave a few trees for the wildlife to live in. They need those trees for homes!

    Matt
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    Good point! most of my wood comes from fallen or dead trees.we have lots of heavy vegatation in the woods for animals and i leave the rotting and a few dead standing trees alone for animals who prefer them/
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    Anyone having any problems with Oriental bittersweet vines invading the area making it a pain to take down some trees.I remember a few years ago when i took down some trees that would not fall because these darn vines kept the trees up.I spend alot of extra man hours getting rid of those vines just to get a tree to come down.
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    2,4-D will take care of them. snip the vine and dunk the end going to the roots into the bottle of 2,4-D. They will die. I've found it works best when the plant is going into dormancy, and not there yet, but it may still work this year.

    Matt
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    I've just looked at the first set of pictures. Looks like a lot of very easy cutting there. Have fun!

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