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Posted on My Yew tree is dying

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#1 posted 07-20-2011 06:43 PM

Maple tends to rot from the inside out and very quickly; if it is dying now, then you might as well get it down and get what you can from it before it rots more. Nobody likes to fell a big old tree (they are kind of like friends) but once they have lived their life there isn’t much sense in wasting such a resource as the wonderful wood inside. Topping it will merely allow more moisture to get in it and rot it even faster, so if you are looking forward to using some of its wood I guess I would recommend letting it go this fall after the leaves fall. As far as circular saws wasting wood, it is somewhat true but only to a point; a poor bandsaw sawyer can do worse by using poor blades or workmanship in cutting. Wavy cuts can easily waste more wood; make sure you get someone that knows what they are doing, maybe look to see if you can see some of what they have cut. And I absolutely love bowhunting, but I don’t use homemade bows to do so out of respect of the fact I am not as accurate with them; if I ever do screw up and shoot something (not often, lol) I need to have the confidence in my shot.

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