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Ash Trees

Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by Stihl310, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. Dahmer

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    Around here I haven’t seen an ash bigger than my thumb in years, the beetles missed nothing. Now my problem is I have 12 approximately 50’ blue spruce trees along the road and in the yard that are all dead from some funky blight that only hits blue spruce. Nothing you can do for it.
     
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    I have a decent setup for gathering firewood but nothing like that.
    It's amazing how much faster you can cut up a log when it's not lying on the ground.
    Property looks like good deer hunting too. Lol
     
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    Much less fatiguing on your body as well. I could literally cut sunup to sundown when we move trees to waist height with our grapples. Not to mention pulling them out with a skidder and cutting them in the air saves the chains on the saws. I can usually run a gallon of gas with a full chisel chain before I need to change it out. Wouldn't happen cutting on the ground.


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    I love how easy ash splits
     

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    Did you consider or attempt to sell any for sawlogs? Gonna have to do this soon at our place as well but don't have a very high density
     
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    I bent a 5# wedge in an ash tree once. Mostly it splits great, occasionally it is a bear!
     
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    The last one i cut up was indeed a bear.
    The homeowner had me remove a VERY large ash, guessing well over 30" and couldn't get my splitter to it, muddy and in a fenced in horse lot.
    I damn near wedged every single piece.
     
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    Cut one in my front yard, had to noodle some it. When it's good it's good. When it's bad, it's very bad
     
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    As a kid I remember one street and how pretty it looked with the big elm trees all green in the summer. then the Dutch elm dease hit and killed every one. The city contractors came in and removed them all down and replanted with some sort of maple. Today 60 years later that street still does not strike me as pretty as most of thre maples have gotten some thing and are dyeing many have been cut down. Seems like there is some thing attacking the trees one after another.

    When we bought our place 32 years ago there were a lot of maples in the woods with ice storm damaged tops. I cut them down for fire wood in the first winter. Had fire wood for about the first 5 years we lived here. saplings grew from those roots and now my woods is full of maples from those orginal ones that are clost to 18 inches in dia.
    The Ash I had have about 95% died and nothing grows back from those roots but I have a lot of small stuff about knee high growning from the seeds that were produced from those ash trees as they were dyeing.

    I have also picked up acorns I sold mostly to a group in North Dakota, every year I had more that they wanted so I have planted them in my woods and have some Oak trees growing that the squirrels haven't found my seed.

    I have about 30 pounds I am going to start planting as soon as mud season is over here about mid April.


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    I planted a few maples in my yard that were growing in the mud next to my pond. This spring will be the test to see if they bloom. I try not to damage any new growing trees because I can see the future for 80 percent of the trees I own. The maples look fine then on windy days they fall over and are hollow in the middle. I'm not sure what tree is safe to grow.
     
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    It's sad what is happening to the Ash... going the way of the Elm unfortunately.

    Ash will always be my favorite firewood for making it and burning it. The firewood of Kings! But given the devastation of EAB I can't enjoy it as much as I have.
     
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    Stihl310 what motor do you have hiding under the hood on that splitter? So far here in eastern Nebraska the ash aren't doing too bad. There will a lot to cut around here also as after the elm trees died 50 years ago there were lots of ash trees planted in this area. My yard on the home place will look bad when the ash die.
     
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    It's a real treat being able to haul lengths of trunk/branches
    We still have live elm trees growing here but they never get the chance to mature, I don't know if that disease still floats around but that would be my guess. I've never educated myself on it so I don't understand why there are so many saplings still growing, but you can bet I pay attention to them. Just yesterday I noticed three more 10-12" ones that look like they're dying.

    I tell you one thing, if something were to ever get to the oak trees, I'd be one busy man as Bur Oak is the primary species of wood around me.

    I'm starting to notice more and more dying ash trees around here as well. I can't remember where, but just south of here a bit they claimed it was there, so I'd imagine it's here as well.
     
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    I cut about 20 ash trees this winter out of our woods. EAB has killed every single one of them. They ranged from 10" to over 30" diameter. Great cutting and splitting. I love the stuff. Just wish they'd grow back. I've seen several ash saplings 4-6 feet tall. Wonder if they will grow any or if they'll be killed too.
     
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    I don't imagine the bug would care for the saplings, but I'd imagine it'll be like what I see with the elm trees.
     
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    I have this one ash stump that was cut down before I moved in. It has sprouted all sorts of new tree and I keep it trimmed like a burning bush lol. It seems to do great nothing touches it. It was sort of a joke when I pruned it but it seems to like it.

    Those ash trees still seem to sprout up out of the ground but it's a lost cause.

    I'm on to the silver maples now hoping if I plant them now then by the time I'm 50 they will be mature. About 20 years.
     
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    I think they will be back eventually, the biological controls being implemented will kick in eventually and if they don't someone will develop a GMO tree like the work that is presently being done with the chestnut. The elm was never a commercially valuable tree so it has not got the attention the others have.
     
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    I think it splits easily. This was cut last spring and I split it a few months later. I decided to split this one in half tonight to throw in the wood furnace. A few wacks with the hatchet and it was split. It's about 6 inches in diameter. 20180315_171603.jpg
     
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    Stihl310 That little diesel has to make a sweet set up on that splitter. You got some nice looking equipment. My farm is mostly green too. I do have a Bobcat skid loader that I wish I wouldn't have bought.
     

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