There has been a lot going on, and really not much down time to write about it in.

Some random facts: you don’t cut Ash in the spring if you want timber from it. The water pressure in the cells (hydrostatic?) causes the wood to split (check) immediately at a cut point. Really immediately, like the trunk is already quartered half an hour after felling.

Why cut Ash in general in Connecticut? I’ll try to post the pictures this week, suffice it that the Emerald Ash Borer is about a mile from here and established.

Why cut Ash? It grows jolly fast, and in this case was crowding two Paper Birches we want to keep going for as long as possible.

Trees are always taller than you think they are.

Use your resources, if a tree, even if it is one you like, is extremely valuable timber, is doomed, and that amount of money it represents could be turned back into the place…consider doing so. No, this does Not apply to trees on the five acres around house. It does apply to some ashes down in the Spring Lot.

Balance: Is the tree particularly valuable as a wildlife tree? Is it a good seed source? Is it an important landscape feature? Is it just a cool, weird tree (cool weird trees are generally not monetarily valuable). If so…for heaven’s sake keep it.