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Old 11-20-2012, 11:52 AM   #1
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Many of you remember me whining about all the trees that have died this last year. The Agriculture Department said Five hundred million in Texas this year, and that many more within the next 2 years. Well they weren't kidding. So far I've cut down 20 or so and can't keep up with the new ones dying. It amazes me how many I've lost and it's that way everywhere you go. Strange thing is that there doesn't seem to be much of a pattern. Yes, some areas are wiped out and others don't seem to be hurt...I thought. It was also my assumption that most of them were at least partly lost because of the drought. Still in a 100' diameter around a pond that I kept water in from my well I'm still loosing trees. One cut and the stump ground off and 3 more are half dead and will most likely die too. I thought about trying to save one of the larger trees but with half of it dead the rest will probably not make next summer. Anyone need some firewood?
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:52 AM   #2
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Many of you remember me whining about all the trees that have died this last year. The Agriculture Department said Five hundred million in Texas this year, and that many more within the next 2 years. Well they weren't kidding. So far I've cut down 20 or so and can't keep up with the new ones dying. It amazes me how many I've lost and it's that way everywhere you go. Strange thing is that there doesn't seem to be much of a pattern. Yes, some areas are wiped out and others don't seem to be hurt...I thought. It was also my assumption that most of them were at least partly lost because of the drought. Still in a 100' diameter around a pond that I kept water in from my well I'm still loosing trees. One cut and the stump ground off and 3 more are half dead and will most likely die too. I thought about trying to save one of the larger trees but with half of it dead the rest will probably not make next summer. Anyone need some firewood?
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:55 AM   #3
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Two more around the same little pond.
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:32 PM   #4
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I also have noticed strange anomaly this year.
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Old 11-20-2012, 03:45 PM   #6
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wish i was closer to you i could use the wood
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:46 PM   #7
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can you say bonfire time
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:47 PM   #8
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There have been enough bonfires to remind anyone of the Great Chicago fire. I have a guy bringing a crew to take some of the really dangerous trees out. Green trees are a piece of cake, but a dead tree will get you killed. They don't bend the direction of the weight like a live tree. They will just snap and fall any direction. A friend here in town had one fall on him and another guy a few weeks ago. Almost killed them both. They had done what everyone that cuts trees does: wedge out of the side you want it to fall and a 45 cut on the back. Weight and gravity take care of the rest...most of the time. Instead of falling it slipped off the stump and fell backwards on top of them. Took a forklift from a near by business to lift the tree enough that they could be pulled out. Bad injuries but both lived and will be able to resume life....after the broken bones heal.
A 3 to 4 foot diameter tree that's 80/90 feet in the air will do just about what it wants. I always tie a rope as high as I can get it and hook it to my tractor to pull it the way I need it to go....works great unless the weight of the tree is more than the tractor can handle. The Pros use a lift bucket to get higher in the tree than I can to increase the angle of pull. Plus they use heavier equipment and use chains instead of nylon rope. Heavy trees on one side, like I have along a creek, are the ones I'll hire someone to cut along with some of the really dangerous ones. There went my Christmas money.
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:09 PM   #9
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You sure do live in a beautiful part of the world Doug. Its a picture postcard setting.

We are a large timber growing country. we export our raw logs to China and import their furniture cheaper than we can make it here.
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Old 11-21-2012, 05:09 AM   #10
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Thank you Mark. I've worked for almost 30 years to have a nice place, and it hurts to see all the beautiful trees die. A couple of more years like the last two and it will look like a desert her.
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