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Old 08/15/10, 10:14 PM
 
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What's the best time to cut a tree down....

to kill roots and all? I want to remove a few walnut trees close to my house and nearby my garden. Our average first frost date is toward the last of October. Would also like to cut down a bunch of sapling way back on the back of my property. Would like to put in a orchard back their and need the saplings removed.

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Old 08/15/10, 11:43 PM
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If they are small walnut trees, the time is about now. If you wait until the sap starts returning to the roots, the darned thing will sprout again next spring. My main shade tree is a huge black walnut. Squirrels think that there should be an entire grove of them! Just before the leaves start to drop, I've got at least a dozen that will have to be either cut off or grubbed out.

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Old 08/16/10, 07:23 AM
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If you drill holes in the stumps & pour molasses, cover w/mulch, they'll rot quicker.

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To me, the best way to make sure saplings die all the way back is to wrap the trunks with stripped electrical wire--12 or 14 guage--with about three to five wraps, then twist to tighten. In the next couple of years, as the tree grows the copper will bind into the bark layers and eventually kill the tree. Seems like saplings will all come back if you cut them without digging up the roots. I keep spare wire ends and such for this purpose.

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Old 08/16/10, 08:47 AM
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If you drill holes in the stumps & pour molasses, cover w/mulch, they'll rot quicker.
Someone on here also posted to level off the stump, drill holes in it and stack charcoal briquets on the stump and light it. The charcoal does a slow burn down to the ground. This worked great for us on some sweet gum trees we cut down.
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If they are small walnut trees, the time is about now. If you wait until the sap starts returning to the roots, the darned thing will sprout again next spring. My main shade tree is a huge black walnut. Squirrels think that there should be an entire grove of them! Just before the leaves start to drop, I've got at least a dozen that will have to be either cut off or grubbed out.

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That's what I'm worried about, not getting them cut in time before the sap runs back to the roots. Yet, I'm afraid to cut too early and still have sprouts coming up before fall hits. Is there a magic week or month that would be the best time?
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I'm also looking for an answer on this one. We have so many walnut trees and seedlings (thanks, squirrells) that cutting them has almost become a full-time job. It doesn't matter when we cut them, they just grow back!

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Have had decent luck cutting unwanted trees when the sign was in the heart.

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Have had decent luck cutting unwanted trees when the sign was in the heart.
Oneokie, I don't have a almanac. Can you look to see when the next heart signs will be and give me feedback? Thanks!
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Old 08/17/10, 06:53 AM
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Someone on here also posted to level off the stump, drill holes in it and stack charcoal briquets on the stump and light it. The charcoal does a slow burn down to the ground. This worked great for us on some sweet gum trees we cut down.
Yeah, but I'm not allowed to have matches. Not since I burned up the place...twice.
Pouring sugar over does it too.
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Oneokie, I don't have a almanac. Can you look to see when the next heart signs will be and give me feedback? Thanks!
6th and 7th of September. Those 2 days are also in the 4th quarter, which makes those days even more effective.
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Old 08/17/10, 10:18 AM
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it is always best to cut trees when the weather is cold, below freezing is best..as the sap will be down out of the trees..the lumber will dry better for either lumber or firewood..that way..and it will split easier.

as for the stump..you can find stump grinders at a fair price in our area..not sure of yours

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Thanks Oneokie. I tried looking it up on Google but wasn't getting anywhere.

Sorry ronbre, I'm wanting to cut the trees down before the sap is back in the ground so I wont have sprouts shooting up everywhere. I'll let em dry for a year or so and then cut em up for firewood.

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We never have problems with black walnuts growing back. I saw them level with the ground with the chain saw, and mow over them the next year. If you do have suckers come up, just mow them off, they will stop sooner or later. >Thanks Marc

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