I did a few hinge cuts yesterday. I have some areas where you can see my cabin from the road in winter. I hinge cut some trees along those lanes in hopes that it will be a little harder to see this time next year. It may have been a bit early. We'll see.
More hinge cuts, deeper in the woods, in February or March.
I hing cut all the trees I want to get rid of in the month of feb. inorder to give deer needed browse...it usually kills them ...in later spring I cut ones I don't want but want to reprout about 4ft off the ground above a bud spur...these trees regrow branches which I trim into head high leaf browse shrubs.....these I do close to stands ...giving the appearance of less disturbance while opening up shooting lanes and areas of sun light....the deer don't have to look up to feed and it stops them for shots....best with ash...maple...beech
When you hinge cut your going to lose a few trees. I like to cut all the way through instead, that way there is much more of a chance for the tree's to re-sprout in the spring.ORIGINAL: ranwin33
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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