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Cedar tree removal

Post varnished. Local guy said this is the stuff tonput on it to bring out/retain the color of the heartwood
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Looks good, did you have it kiln dried?
Nope, consulted several wood guys on this and discovered that ERC has low moisture content to begin with and for the post applicatoin was not needed. Had moisture tested heartwood yesterday and was at 12%, white wood at 20%. Also learned that this specific type of varnish slows the drying process which prevents cracking. I've got themlaid out flat and level should be in good shape on that front. Finding a kiln that big would also be tough.
 
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Jwest

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Continuing my war on cedars. This is a half acre of overgrown cedars (it gets thicker than what the picture shows). My plan here is to clear cut the cedars and actually replant cedars in a sporadic pattern and not letting them spread. I was thinking doing half the section in cedars and the other half in sporadic oaks, chestnuts maybe? Looking for ideas. This is a south facing slope. Trying to create better bedding area, would be hard to access it to hunt so not sure if planting oaks/chestnuts in their bedroom would be worth it. Aerials from 1930 show the landscape as pasture ground.


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Tmayer13

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Continuing my war on cedars. This is a half acre of overgrown cedars (it gets thicker than what the picture shows). My plan here is to clear cut the cedars and actually replant cedars in a sporadic pattern and not letting them spread. I was thinking doing half the section in cedars and the other half in sporadic oaks, chestnuts maybe? Looking for ideas. This is a south facing slope. Trying to create better bedding area, would be hard to access it to hunt so not sure if planting oaks/chestnuts in their bedroom would be worth it. Aerials from 1930 show the landscape as pasture ground.


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I would hire a mulcher to come in there and take them all out(contact @IowaBowHunter1983 ) and in NO WAY would I plant them again. you will most like get a few volunteer trees to come backs anyways. I would see whats in the seed bank first before planting any trees. ALSO I would contact your local NRCS office and see if they want to pay for the tree removal under the brush management program....good luck
 

Jwest

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I would hire a mulcher to come in there and take them all out(contact @IowaBowHunter1983 ) and in NO WAY would I plant them again. you will most like get a few volunteer trees to come backs anyways. I would see whats in the seed bank first before planting any trees. ALSO I would contact your local NRCS office and see if they want to pay for the tree removal under the brush management program....good luck

I am too cheap to hire someone to do it. I’ll use the chainsaw and make brush piles for small game and burn some of the rest. This is also my backyard so I don’t have to do it all in one day. That is also why I was thinking about planting some new cedars, I can easily manage this area without the concern of them getting too thick again.


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hillrunner

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I am too cheap to hire someone to do it. I’ll use the chainsaw and make brush piles for small game and burn some of the rest. This is also my backyard so I don’t have to do it all in one day. That is also why I was thinking about planting some new cedars, I can easily manage this area without the concern of them getting too thick again.


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I would guess the volunteer cedars will blow right by anything you plant but it's not expensive to try.
 

Austin

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Here’s what im starting with…..
I do not want them all gone. I want them thinned.
In hillrunner’s example- those old ones with no low growth & lack thermal cover …. need to go! Small ones (say 10’ & under) I want them for thermal cover & will thin a bit each year. Want to keep a good amount of 4-10’ trees. They actually pop out easy with a tractor & chain if u wanna do on the cheap. Seen it done with truck as well

In reality- a chainsaw & maybe pulling them out is very doable.
Another option…. Tree puller for skid steer - they pull out really easy!!!!

This eats cedars.
(I also move them with a spade to where I use them as screens)…. Bottom was right when I moved these along road & fence. Now they are a 12-15’ tall screen.

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Skip those cedars look like they were 6+ ft when you transplanted them? How well did they do? High success rate of them living with them that size?

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