Taking Down some Trees

Well we finally got around to taking down some semi-dangerous trees that were near the house. They were our Northwest softwood maples which grow like weeds around here. The also break apart very easily and rot quickly, this of course is evident by the branches that we would find near the house and car sometimes up to 2 inches thick that had crashed down during the night. Actually about 8 months ago one of the maples on our neighbor’s lot broke off a 6 inch thick branch and it broke one of our hot sides on our electricity. So we had some power but it wasn’t regulated to 120 but would fluctuate depending on the load provided by the house.

Well with the trees down we started out own wood pile of logs. Actually  we created two piles, one for the big ones that need to be split before we can place them in the fireplace and one of the 1.5 – 3 inch logs that we can just through onto the fire without needing to split them. Anyway as you can see we had to take the trees down across out driveway as it was the only open space long enough for these 75+ foot trees. (Nice to have a large lot for being able to do this type of work). So after bring down the trees we went along and cut them into 16 inch long logs or 48 inch long logs depending on the length available for good storage quality wood. The longer logs can be stored longer and actually will take up less space, while the shorter ones get stacked and will be the first to be split when we have our campfires or fireplace fires.

Well now that we have those big logs out of the way the question remains what to do with all the smaller branches and stuff. Well there are three options that we have, first one was to just throw all the debris into the blackberry patches just beyond the garden and hope they decompose. Problem was that we had a LOT of debris and would then have a pile of wood debris about 10 feet square by 5 feet high with conservative estimates that over time would become more and more flammable as the wood cures. The second option was to have rent or buy a chipper (purchasing would have been the most economical due to always having branches and brambles to chip away at) and even though that would speed up decomposition and greatly reduce the fire hazard we didn’t have enough green to mix with the brown for composting and it would take up a huge area so we decided to go with our third option, just burn the branches.

We already had our burn permit for this year and so we just had to make a spot that was clear from debris and at least 50 feet away from and structure or fence and then we got out fire going. I have to say there is something memorizing about a fire and cooking smores and foil dinners on the coals after it burns down. We still have more to go through and then our yard will be clean again.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Rob on May 7, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Does this look simple? It is always nice to have some useful equipment and helpers — right?

  2. Posted by Kerstin on May 10, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    And the removal of the trees would not have been possible if weren\’t for the assistance of Rob Springgay (aka – Dad) and the tractor David (yes they named their work horse after my husband ;-). Thanks Rob.

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