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Forum topic by meanjean posted 11-15-2013 04:11 PM 852 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-15-2013 04:11 PM

Hi I live in south east Washington. we have two walnut trees we want to cut down. I am looking for some help and answer, will take any help. the first tree dimension are about 31” dim. at the ground and about 16’ to the first y. looks pretty straight. the second tree is quite a bit bigger, It is about 9’ in dim. at the ground and 21 feet to the first y. I was told that we should cut it at each y and bury them in the ground to cure ? I know a guy who has a mill and will cut it how I ask him to. what would be the best thing we should do with the y ’s where the new branch starts some of them are quite large. please help (mean jean)

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#1 posted 11-15-2013 05:37 PM

Bury them in the ground to cure?

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#2 posted 11-15-2013 09:29 PM

The Crotch may have some very beautiful graining. I have cut a number of trees of many varieties. I always cut as low to the ground as possible and about 1’ above the first crotch.
When milling the tree into usable lumber, mill the crotch so as to expose the ‘Y’.
The worst that can happen is you have some fire wood from the crotch. But I would bet ‘Dollars-to-Donuts’ that is where you will find the nicest and most beautiful wood.
When cutting down a tree, always trim the sawn cuts cleanly. Immediately seal the exposed cuts. After milling, you will want to re-seal all end grain wood. This sealing step is to prevent or reduce splits and crack from developing that will damage the log/lumber.
Do not bury the tree or the lumber. You want the wood to slowly dry in a controlled manner to lessen splits, cracks, check, etc. Drying after milling is a whole art in it’s self. Do not seal the tree or lumber in a tarp or plastic, as that will promote the formation of mold, a very undesirable item.
You will be able to find a great deal of information on the web as to ‘How’ and ‘Why’

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#3 posted 11-15-2013 09:45 PM

When you say dim. do you mean circumference? I assume you mean circumference, which would put the 31” tree at about 9 DBH and the 9 foot tree and 27 inch DBH. The larger tree can be harvested, the smaller tree should not.

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#4 posted 11-15-2013 10:00 PM

Unheard of such thing as burring trees in the ground. I can see doing that with some light color species to get some worm holes and dark lines on it but not a walnut. This is a good time to cut mainly because the cold weather will assure a slow drying. I would definitely wait until all the leaves are gone which means the sap has returned to the roots.


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#5 posted 11-15-2013 10:04 PM

Bury in the ground? Never heard of that.

Circumference divided by 3.14 gives you diameter. I would not cut either for lumber unless they are over 12 inches in diameter. Unless you are going to cut them regardless.

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