1 There are many brambles, weeds, vines, and useless seedlings growing in all the woods. These must be whacked down so there is room to plant and cultivate seedling trees that will be beneficial in the woodland. We are planting maples, oaks, and an assortment of pines and spruce.
2 These are the brambles that grow everywhere. There are several places on the property where I keep an area with thick brambles for birds and other wildlife.
3 My instructions to the guys were to clear really well and carry out the underbrush to be composted or chipped.
4 So many large trees have fallen or died over the years—storms, old age, hurricanes all contribute to the ever changing appearance of a woodland.
5 My crew has been instructed for years in tree safety and can use chain saws and pruning tools and whackers. They all wear helmets and ear protectors.
6 Directing the way a tree falls by making the first wedge cuts correctly is very important.
7 Pete has gotten very good at felling dead or damaged trees. The object is to set down a large tree in a safe and good way without harming any other trees or things on the ground.
8 This particular ash tree just did not want to fall indicating how strong a specimen it was.
9 I try to keep the trunks of large trees as long as possible so we can cut them into long boards for construction.
10 We try to be very neat when doing any chores on the property. It us easier to stack all branches on tarps for removal or chipping right in the woods.
11 This woodland needed so much work and it looks infinitely better cleaned up.
12 Dendi uses a hard hat, goggles, gloves, and ear protectors while operating any of the noisy tools.
13 A dead tree removed, cut up for firewood and cleared from the woodland. All debris is picked up and chipped.
14 All the branches must be dragged from the woods to a pick-up area where the chipper can do its work. I like chipping right back into the woodland if we can.
15 We have our own chipper that is dragged behind the John Deere 65 HP tractor. It is best to do the chipping in situ, but the ground needs to be firm or frozen so the tractor does not ruin the surface of the field. Working in mud is no good.
16 The chipper takes good sized wood.
17 We have been blowing the chips into the woodland to decompose. It is good to do this and easier than dragging all the branches elsewhere to chip.
18 Before chipping, it is good to make the pieces easier to handle.
19 An inside view of the mouth of the chipper.
20 The chipper is incredibly strong and the teeth inside do a great job—NO METAL PLEASE!!!!
21 The layer of chips will decompose very fast and add nutrients back to the soil.
22 Chhiring has been working on the farm for more than a decade—he is wonderful.
23 The tractor also carries large pieces of wood to the "graveyard" where pieces too big for the chipper remain until the tub grinder comes.
24 The SavATree company has been helping me with my trees for many years. They have taken care of Turkey Hill in the past, my home in East Hampton, my property in Maine, and of course the farm in Bedford. They prune, do shaping of trees, developmental pruning, removals, and chipping. I keep all material on the farm for composting and longer tree trunks for timber.
25 Licensed arborists can climb for pruning and trimming. Arborists are carefully trained in safety procedures and tree health.
26 I have had two crews on the property doing the early spring/late winter pruning. SavATree comes with three or four men to do the difficult tree removals, sophisticated fruit tree pruning, and hard to reach hangar removal.
27 Very long-handled pruning saws and even clippers are easy to use and can reach those far away, up high places.
28 These professional tools can be very helpful if you plan on doing a lot of tree shaping, pruning, or removing.
29 SavATree also comes with a bucket truck. With the bucket, a tree pruner can more safely negotiate higher branches, "hangars," and other challenges in the tree canopy.
30 Using a bucket made the pruning of the Catalpa trees, next to the blogging studio, much easier.
31 In the bucket, a tree pruner can handle the chain saw very well without fear of falling off a ladder.
32 The guys really study the shaping of each variety of tree, removing just those branches which will add shape to the tree, afford better strength to the structure, and make a prettier statement in the landscape. This is a white oak that they are looking at.
33 "Hangars" are broken branches that dangle dangerously in the tree tops—there is always danger of them falling.
34 Climbing the sycamores is a difficult job—the bucket cannot go everywhere on the property.
35 To think that we planted these sycamores just 10 years ago!
36 A three-legged orchard ladder is also used to prune the trees.
37 Dragging the branches to a separate location for chipping—so easy on a tarp.
38 Pruning the fruit trees is another kind of work—very thoughtful and very careful.
39 All the long suckers must be removed with sharp, clean hand clippers or saws.
40 We put all the branches on tarps and later tie the branches into bundles that I use for kindling for fireplaces and barbecues.
41 Our SavATree crew does an amazing job of pruning.