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Trail Maintenance

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by thewoodlands, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. thewoodlands

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    After stacking early this morning I moved about five loads of pine needles with leaves to an area that is down to the rocks(pic 6264).

    All equipment did get moved out of the woods to a safe area.

    Stay Safe
    Zap

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  2. Backwoods Savage

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    That is making good use of them zap. Last July when the big storm moved through here I offered the State Highway Dept that they could dump some wood chips on our place. They were happy as it saved them lots of time and mileage. I plan on hauling the chips to the low wet areas.
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  3. thewoodlands

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    When it rains hard that area always loses dirt/gravel that gets washed down to the bottom, I'll have the whole thing done before the first snow fall.
    zap
  4. thewoodlands

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    After the rain we received it seems that the pine needles did the trick, this area usually gets washed out some after a hard rain.

    zap

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    Nice job Zap - happy to hear that it seems to be working. I may pick your brain on trail creation/maintenance in the near future :)
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  6. thewoodlands

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    All the trails except for a few were created by the original owner, I just keep them open but if I can help ask away.
    zap
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  7. ScotO

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    Lookin good zappy. How did you guys fare through the storm? We got slammed pretty good with sustained high winds, but not as bad as they did east of us. I haven't been on much the past 24 hours, we've been cutting downed trees for customers.....all pine, and lots of it. We gave it away to some people with OWB's.
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  8. thewoodlands

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    We really had nothing, lucked out. My wife was telling me they needed people with chainsaws in PA, it must have been on the news or the net.

    zap
  9. Backwoods Savage

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    Zap it has been my experience that it is almost as much work keeping them maintained than it is making them at the start. Besides, you make them once but you work on them yearly.
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  10. thewoodlands

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    Did some raking of Pine Needles and some Straw, all of it went on the trail by the swamp, the frogs were singing tonight.

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  11. thewoodlands

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    We had a section of the trail that was pretty rough, they had put some hemlock down in the low spot, (not much dirt covering them) so I dug them out then hauled five loads of pine needles to put oover top the holes.

    The first two pics I took after raking some dirt back in.

    Once we get a good rain (should pack it down) I'll haul another 3-4 loads which should do the trick.

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  12. Backwoods Savage

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    Zap, you just keep reminding me of all the trail work we have to do yet. But I think we'll wait for the water to go down a bit. Besides, there is still plenty of other things needing done first.
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  13. thewoodlands

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    It's dry this way, looking at the weather it will only get drier. The area I was working gets a chit load of sun so the digging needed to get done before it gets to hot.

    The Hemlock that I dug out of the trail was still good, about three inches in was punky.
  14. Backwoods Savage

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    Sure not dry here zap. We had ordered a few fruit trees and strawberries. They finally came today. We did get the trees in (in the mud) but waiting on the berries. Just sort of heeled them in for now. Weird when you are on sand and stick a shovel in the ground and it comes up dripping wet. Can't even walk in one area we wanted to put one of the trees. Started over there and sunk to my ankles really fast. Was also fast getting out of there...
  15. thewoodlands

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    That's wet. That would've been a good pic!
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    Probably should have. Just have to remember to take the camera with me. Quite often I think about it.....after the job is done and I'm sitting and relaxing in the house.
  17. thewoodlands

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    Today was one of those days I wanted to work until the sun went down, on the west side of the hill it was t-shirt weather, on the east side of the hill it was a bit cooler. I think tomorrow I'll haul two more loads of pine needles to the same area I worked today then make my way back to the downed Cherry, I'll save the splitting and the stacking for work during the week.
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  18. BobUrban

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    I use my splitter junk to fill some of the low spots in my trails. I sure could use a lot more fill but at some point 50 or so years from now I think I will have it all covered :)
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  19. thewoodlands

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    Before I went to where the Cherry was down I took another load to the same area I worked yesterday, not sure if I'll have time but I would like another 4-6 loads of pine needles in that same area before next weekend.

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  20. thewoodlands

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    The last high wind we had brought down part of a White Pine, today I limbed it up then chipped up the branches for the trail going up to the bowl. The White Pine will be split soon.

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    Looking good

    You need a manure spreader, sand spreader , fertilizer spreader modified for your use.
    Drive down the trail & scatter an even layer of chips, leaves & needles.

    Then a chipper to chip the limbs & junk wood into mulch.
    Have even more stuff to spread out & fees the trees
  22. thewoodlands

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    I used the DR Chipper with a 10 horse briggs & stratton. It started on the second pull after sitting all winter, the oil looked good but I plan on changing it this month.
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  23. thewoodlands

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    I did some trail maintenance tonight, just two loads but it's making a big difference on the trail to the bowl.

    This will be finished by the end of July or before, then it's a smaller trail up inside the bowl that will be worked on next.

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  24. WellSeasoned

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    Looking good Zap. Wish I was closer because it looks like fun!
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  25. thewoodlands

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    We have extra rakes & chainsaws, get that arm better then skip over to pick up Overkill, we'll have some work for ya.
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