Hinge Cutting

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Hinge Cutting

Postby ranwin33 » Fri Dec 05, 2008 9:29 am

In a couple of months (or less) I'm going to be getting antsy and needing to do some farm work.  So I've got a question regarding hinge cutting.  If I hinge cut trees in February or March will the following freezes keep these trees from sprouting leaves in the Spring.  In the past I cut some trees in March, they started to sprout leaves by early April, but then a late April freeze killed all the buds and the trees never came back.  Could the same happen if a freeze occurs to the hinge cut trees prior to them budding out?
 
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RE: Hinge Cutting

Postby dmcianfa » Fri Dec 05, 2008 11:14 am

Simply put, Yes
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RE: Hinge Cutting

Postby bigbuckhughes » Sun Dec 07, 2008 3:00 am

Great question!  Could we get a little more detail on the answer?  Was planning on doing the same thing, but would like to keep the greenery.  When would be the time to do this type of work?  Spring, summer, any time during the growing season?

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RE: Hinge Cutting

Postby dmcianfa » Sun Dec 07, 2008 3:48 am

In my experience, and I'm not saying mine is the correct way, I've always made some hinge cuts in late April to early May here in Upper Michigan, but it all depends on the region you hunt in I suppose.  Late April gives me a guarantee where I live that foilage and buds will still be present on the cut trees, provided there is sunlight available to them.  That's just me however.
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RE: Hinge Cutting

Postby ranwin33 » Sun Dec 07, 2008 4:37 am

ORIGINAL: dmcianfa

In my experience, and I'm not saying mine is the correct way, I've always made some hinge cuts in late April to early May here in Upper Michigan, but it all depends on the region you hunt in I suppose.  Late April gives me a guarantee where I live that foilage and buds will still be present on the cut trees, provided there is sunlight available to them.  That's just me however.

Makes perfect sense, and pretty much what I figured.  I was just hoping someone would say they had luck with early hinge cutting.  Guess I'll have to find something else to day February-March.
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RE: Hinge Cutting

Postby paulie » Sun Dec 07, 2008 6:48 am

what exactly do you mean by "hinge cutting"? I'm just curious, I've never heard this term before.

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Postby JPH » Sun Dec 07, 2008 7:13 am

ORIGINAL: ranwin33

ORIGINAL: dmcianfa

In my experience, and I'm not saying mine is the correct way, I've always made some hinge cuts in late April to early May here in Upper Michigan, but it all depends on the region you hunt in I suppose.  Late April gives me a guarantee where I live that foilage and buds will still be present on the cut trees, provided there is sunlight available to them.  That's just me however.

Makes perfect sense, and pretty much what I figured.  I was just hoping someone would say they had luck with early hinge cutting.  Guess I'll have to find something else to day February-March.


I have had good success with mid-winter hinge cuts. But I suppose that that was during years when we did not suffer a late freeze.

When I am working in the timber, I will pick a cluster of trees to take down. I'll sometimes hinge cut several of them on top of one another. If they sprout, cool. If not, I still have a brush pile.

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RE: Hinge Cutting

Postby ranwin33 » Sun Dec 07, 2008 2:51 pm

ORIGINAL: paulie

what exactly do you mean by "hinge cutting"? I'm just curious, I've never heard this term before.

Hinge cutting is when a tree is cut part way through and layed over onto the ground.  The hope is that it will continue to live and sprout leaves for several more years providing food and cover for deer and other wildlife while it does so. 
 
I've had good luck with cedars, but not so good luck with hardwoods.  But I'll keep trying, I've got an area just off our New Plot that I plan to hit this year, but I think I'll wait until late April or early May.
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RE: Hinge Cutting

Postby paulie » Sun Dec 07, 2008 3:16 pm

Hey Ranwin, thanks for the info. Thats pretty clever, I dont know that I would have ever thought to do that! Obviously, you want to do this with trees that the deer prefer to eat, I may have to look into that for the property I hunt. Of course, I'll have to talk with the landowner about it first. Thanks again for the info!  Ya know, thats what I love about this site, it is a wealth of information!

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RE: Hinge Cutting

Postby hilltop » Mon Dec 08, 2008 3:24 am

Hinge cutting will provide good cover for deer,turkey ,and other wildlife. It also enhances growth of various vines, honeysuckle, and other browse.

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