Filed under: Farm, harvest, Trees, wood heat | Tags: farm, harvest, nature, trees
We have several places on our farms where we have lines of trees to slow wind movement across the fields. As those trees get older, branches will lean or fall into the field. Usually I just go out and take out the branches that reach the farthest into a field. This year I decided to do something a bit more drastic on our oldest tree line.
Branches can reach out into the field a long ways. This means they are sometimes brushing onto harvesting and planting equipment. The plantable area gets pushed away from the trees and the area between becomes a weed nursery.
I’ve been cutting the branches that lean into the field and harvesting the largest parts for winter’s fuel. The smaller branches are pushed into a pile and burned.
When it’s done you have a clean area right up to the trees that can be cared for more easily. The trees are also less likely to break in a wind or ice storm.
There is also more wood for the wood pile.
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