Tree Felling in the Spring

Last week we cleaned out the chicken coop and this week we took on an even bigger project. Two very largeCutting trees  and of course old beautiful maple trees on our property had been causing concerns. Both taller than the house and starting to become brittle and dead in areas, had started dropping large branches. When high winds came through our area, we always held our breath thinking this could be when the tree fell on the roof. In the last big storm in July, one of the largest branches crashed onto one of our vehicles totaling it. No one was hurt and we wanted to keep it that way.

So, with warmer temperatures melting most of the large snow drifts, it seemed like the perfect time to take down these two trees. It was sad to see them go but we were glad they were being taken down safely. I think the most disapproval came from the chickadees!

Nice part is that we already have a nice stock of firewood for next winter! We’ll let it sit for a bit, then split and stack it for next year. It’s a good feeling to know that every branch will be put to good use. My plan is to plant a flowering crabapple tree near one of the stumps to satisfy the local birds this spring.

Vermont fire wood

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2 responses to “Tree Felling in the Spring”

  1. Eliza Waters says :

    So sad to have to do that, but as you said, you couldn’t risk harming anyone. It’s possible the chickadees had a nest in the tree. I learned recently that they build nests in March – didn’t know that! I don’t know when they lay eggs, but the males build multiple nests to entice females. Good thing there are lots of other trees! 🙂

  2. Judy @ newenglandgardenandthread says :

    We were in the midst of taking a huge maple, horse chestnut and oak down when the first big snow storm came. Now we’re waiting for more snow melt and the crew to put us back on the schedule. Always hard to take trees down but with the wicked winds we’ve had it is always better to err on the side of caution. 🙂

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