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gridling hardwoods, how long to kill them?

Discussion in 'Arborist 101' started by Mad Professor, May 17, 2018.

  1. Mad Professor

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    I have some hardwoods (maple , black cherry) shading my orchard and did not have time to fell them before spring.

    I girdled them before warm weather/bud break but they are still leafing out and shading things. I did two cuts with a small chainsaw about 4-6" apart. about an inch deep. Will these die off soon or will I still need to drop them ?
     
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    I compare those to a Christmas tree...they are dead, they just don't know it yet. On difuse porous trees it can take a couple of years as the sapwood is active in a litle deeper. Most will die off when it gets hot and dry during the summer. I have seen beech that were double girdled AND they took off the bark between the girdled with a hatchet still green 2 years later.
     

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