The Correct Way To Thin Your Woods

Do you live in the country? Do trees and bushes surround your property? If you love the trees around you and want to keep them healthy, then you know that thinning them is vitally important. It allows more sun to get to the ground, promoting growth, allowing trees to grow much larger than they would otherwise.

When thinning the trees, it’s essential not to simply go in with a chainsaw and start cutting stuff down. If not done correctly, you will end up causing more problems in the long run. Following these tips will ensure that you have a successful thinning without any problems.

Look at Your Trees and Land

One of the most important parts of thinning trees is understanding how many trees you have. When taking stock of the trees, make the following notes for each of the trees:

  • Size/diameter
  • Species
  • Height/approximate age
  • Condition
  • Signs of stress/disease/bug infestation

Additionally, it will be helpful to note if you have areas of land with sensitive soils or slopes that will make it hard to access the trees. Trees in areas that are hard to reach will require more planning and equipment to thin and will potentially require different debris removal Green Cove Springs FL plans over other more accessible areas.

Choose Your Trees

When choosing which trees you want to cut down, it’s helpful to know your end goal. Do you want to allow more space for livestock grazing, or do you want to create a healthier habitat for the wildlife in your area? When you know what you want to do with the trees, you can choose which to keep. Choose trees that are larger, straighter, and in better health. Remove any that are crooked or have disease or bug infestations. If you’re growing trees for your wildlife, it could be helpful to keep some hollow, dead trees. Animals often chose to live and nest in them.