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    Default Looking to clean up my wooded area on property.

    I have a pretty big wooded part of my property, that the previous owners left for shit.
    They tossed all their old crap out in there.... 20 years worth of kitty litter in a HUGE pile.... broken toilets, pillows, even one of those things that you get married undernearth that are shaped in a U (complete with fake flowers and lights on it still)... forget what they're called.

    Anyway, This spring I'm planning on cleaning it all up and taking down a lot of dead trees, removing and cutting up ones that are already down (a lot)... I'd also like to take down some trees so that others can.... survive?

    I don't know how to word that right, lol.
    Some spots there's a cluster of 4-5 trees all within maybe a foot of each other.
    I'd like to weed out some of these trees, so that they can stop fighting over the sunlight.
    Is this even a good idea? Or is there a general guideline for how far apart trees should/can be? Or am I better off calling in an arborist or something as such to determine what should be taken down and left up?

    I'm sure some people on here have tree removal experience, so that's why I'm asking.

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    PM Anoniminity (spelling) He cleared out the woods behind his place and really knew what he was talking about with it.
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    I don't think you need to worry about bringing in an arborist to determine how to thin these out, just figure out what looks best aesthetically, as well as what types of trees are worth saving. I kept all mature hardwoods in my backyard, and cut down mostly saplings, overgrown areas and pines. The more sun the tree gets, the more it will fill out.

    You can bring in a grinder and grind just below the surface without harming the trees around it. You could also leave some of the more mature stumps higher at varying heights and mount birdhouses or feeders on them.

    Good luck with all of the garbage removal, I've pulled about 10 tons of concrete, iron, glass and garbage out of my yard where a previous owner bulldozed an old barn.

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    I feel your pain. 40+ tires, the remains of a '63 Dodge Dart, plus 3 or 4 more truckloads of scrap, broken sheets of styrofoam EVERYWHERE (WTF?). I uncovered a huge area where the previous owners just dumped garbage and the leaves decomposed over it and buried it. Glass jars, plastic containers, a pool liner, lawn mowers.... A few drunken parties took care of burning the wood from the collapsed building, but I'm still picking up glass and shingles. Found 3 cool 50's hubcaps, a rusty Coke cooler, and a miraculously-preserved croquet set, so not all bad right?

    Taking down the dead trees and making a hiking path is this years project.

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    Call a logger. Have them come out to your property and take a look. They will walk the boundary take a look at the type of trees you have and cut you a check. Tell them you just want it thinned out. Depending on the type of trees you have you could make some nice cash.
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    I'm pretty sure you can have the state draw you up a woods management plan for free...I know you can in Ohio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by airhead View Post
    I feel your pain. 40+ tires, the remains of a '63 Dodge Dart, plus 3 or 4 more truckloads of scrap, broken sheets of styrofoam EVERYWHERE (WTF?). I uncovered a huge area where the previous owners just dumped garbage and the leaves decomposed over it and buried it. Glass jars, plastic containers, a pool liner, lawn mowers.... A few drunken parties took care of burning the wood from the collapsed building, but I'm still picking up glass and shingles. Found 3 cool 50's hubcaps, a rusty Coke cooler, and a miraculously-preserved croquet set, so not all bad right?

    Taking down the dead trees and making a hiking path is this years project.
    Ha, I don't feel so bad now. :]
    I have all similar crap, tons of beer bottles/cans everywhere, couches, and a 5' tractor tire that looks nearly brand new... Not sure how that got there.

    Quote Originally Posted by joelster View Post
    Call a logger. Have them come out to your property and take a look. They will walk the boundary take a look at the type of trees you have and cut you a check. Tell them you just want it thinned out. Depending on the type of trees you have you could make some nice cash.
    I'm trying to keep all the wood however, cutting it down myself and cording it up for next year/years to come.
    Majority is all hardwood, minus a bunch of pine.

    Quote Originally Posted by LZ View Post
    I'm pretty sure you can have the state draw you up a woods management plan for free...I know you can in Ohio.
    This I will look in to now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hass View Post


    I'm trying to keep all the wood however, cutting it down myself and cording it up for next year/years to come.
    Majority is all hardwood, minus a bunch of pine.


    My dad owned a small piece of property in the southern tier that he used to hunt on. He paid something like $8000 for it. It was only 11 acres or something like that. A lot of it was unhuntable because it was very thick with trees and brush (couldn't shoot far). He had a logger come in and take a look at the type of trees. The logger cut my dad a check for $7000 and went in there over the period of 2-3 months. The logger thinned it out but left all of the pine trees and some other types. They did a really good job of cleaning up as well when they were done. 2 years later my dad sold the land for $9000. Nice little profit.
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