Christmas Tree Cutting 2015

Ben’s Face

Perhaps using his teeth like a beaver to cut down the spruce tree was not such a good idea after all. The sap sticks to your tongue and lips. Not as nice as spearmint…

Hope’s Suggestion

Hope suggests that next time we use the bowsaw she had brought along…

You might think it is child abuse to make your kids chew down trees. I don’t. Besides, I didn’t make him do anything – Ben is an adult and can make these decisions for himself. I do agree with Hope though. I like the bowsaw for small trees and I use the chainsaw on the bigger trees such as the huge dead maple we took down last week. That saves on dentition.

As you can see in the background we have no snow. It is a remarkable year, but not unprecedented. Last time I remember this happening was in 1974, I think, although 1984 was close. Still, it’s better than 1995 when we had snow fall every month of the year including on my birthday in the middle of the summer. And that was not as bad as during the mid-1800’s when they had the mini-ice age. For three years the crops failed due to the extended cold and many Vermonters headed west, abandoning the town that used to be in our valley. All that is left are cellar holes and our old farm house, the one remaining house from that time. It was the first house in the valley, and the last until the rebuilding that happened in the late 1900’s and 2000’s.

Third Times the Charm

On a side note, this is a tree we have cut down three times over the past decade. It has repeatedly graced our house as a Christmas tree. For those who aren’t familiar with trees this may sound strange. But the reality is what you perceive as a tree is just the minor above ground growth. The real tree is in the base and the roots. They send up new shoots when their top is cut off. This is called Regen. Once you get a tree to Christmas tree size you can just keep harvesting it every few years as it generates a new top like this one and several others have been doing for us. I leave some of the lower branches as that gives the tree a boost on getting started growing again.

Livestock and wildstock feed on regen. Whole trees are not as accessible to the ground dwellers like moose, deer, sheep, goats and pigs. But if the tree is cut down then they can eat the new growth that comes up, the regen, year after year. A sustainable harvest of Christmas trees that goes ever onward.

Outdoors: 4°F/4°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 66°F/62°F

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2 Responses to Christmas Tree Cutting 2015

  1. aminthepm says:

    All I can say with the taste of sap , ARRGGGHHHH !!!!!

  2. Nance says:

    I’m in accord with the reaction to the taste of sap. You are outside, with trees, sap happens! Then, I was glad to see that Hope had hold of a saw because at first I thought it was a full size axe and she was teasing her brother! (hmmm, much as my brothers might have teased me).

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