We did more clearing, we felled a large dead tree that posed a hazard and we got all of the pulled up underbrush chipped and spread on the forest floor. It has been a very productive time.
The hazard tree was about 24" diameter breast high (DBH). We had a lot of brush to clear out and little snags on the ground. When you are cutting down a tree one of the first things you need to do is clear the area around the tree, so you have a safe working environment.
The area might of been clear, but this was the first large tree I've ever felled. I was a bit nervous. I've watched several hours of instruction on how to fell a tree. I would have been nice to have a mentor, but I didn't. There's nothing like experience as a teacher. My plans were to fell in on Sunday. I couldn't wait, so it came down this afternoon.
Here's a little preview video I did before I felled the tree. You can see the two pine trees that I'm trying to lay the dead tree between. They are to the right side of the picture. There's a small oak between the two pines. The electric meter lines up between the two pines and dead-on with the small oak.
I'll try to post a video of the felling on Monday. Stay tuned, it's going to get destructive. Timber!
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