So, you think you know all about your chainsaw, huh?

Chainsaws are powerful tools that make the felling and processing of trees easy.  We tend to forget how dangerous these tools can be if used improperly and without safety equipment.  Take a moment to test your knowledge about chainsaws and their use. The answers are at the end. 1. About how many people are treated […]

Common problems with your chainsaw and how to fix them

Everyone encounters problems with their chainsaw on occassion, and most of the issues that come up can be resolved fairly easily. Now, I don’t claim to be an expert when it comes to working, maintaining, nor repairing chainsaws.  But I have some experience with chainsaws, and have encountered some situations/problems that I believe are common […]

Success growing oak in your woods

Getting oak seedlings and sprouts to come back into your woodland in high numbers can be difficult, unless you take the right steps. Like many other woodland owners, we want more oak on our property.  But also like many others, we struggle to get it to grow in the large numbers that we would prefer. […]

Using wedges to fell trees

Wedges can help control the direction of trees falling even when they are leaning the wrong way. In a previous article, I talked about my use of wedges for bucking logs.  In this article I will share some of my experience using wedges to safely and efficiently fell trees. Many folks might think you only […]

Don’t get pinched

The use of this simple tool will make your work more efficient and less frustrating. OK, I admit it.  I have made some poor choices while using a chainsaw.  Many of them revolve around me being tired, but some are because I get lazy from time to time.  Fortunately none of these poor choices has […]

What do the different paint colors mean?

Ever wondered what all the trees painted in the woods was about? Each color has a specific use and needs to be recognized by the landowner, forester and logger. We are setting up a timber sale in a part of our woodland where we have harvested in the past.   It will have been about 15 […]

Harvesting trees in the right order

Getting your forest filled with trees that are healthy and fast growing is all about removing the right trees in the right order. I was recently walking in a friend’s woodlot (let’s call him Steve) and he was picking my brain on what he needs to do to get his woods in shape.  Eventually we […]

Managing sprouts in your forest

Sprouts from roots or stumps are common form of tree regeneration and need special care to become healthy trees. I feel we are pretty fortunate to have on our property a number of different trees that can grow well from sprouts.  I say that because getting these trees to come back after harvesting can be […]

Safely felling problem trees

There are some simple things you can do get hung-up trees on the ground safely and efficiently. A family project in the woods can be a great opportunity to reconnect with relatives you haven’t seen in a while, and get a good deal of work done.  A recent work day at a family property was […]