Can anyone tell me if there is any pros or cons to cutting sticks well into winter.I'm in the U.P. of Michigan and can still get to some of the diamond willow I have permission to take.I'm thinking it would be a good thing...Any other opinions??
1. You can see the wood (leaves are gone).
2. Sap stops running so when cutting in the winter months wood is less prone to checking.
3. Keeps us rabologists in shape all year around not just during summer!
I'm sure others will chime in and list a few others. Good luck hunting down your DW. Beautiful stuff when finished but lots of work.
I like stick hunting anytime of the year but favour the winter months. I just see quite a bit I just don't see in the summer months
I have DW on my property but it's in 3 ft of water.My neighbor has a ton of it on their property and said I could cut all I want of it.Not all of it is the right size for walking sticks diameter wise but I'll find something to do with the bigger stuff.No one really knows what it is and when I tell them they don't seem to care much about it.They do get a better appreciation for it after they see it cleaned up.If I get time tomorrow I'll go cut some and take a few pics to post on here of what's there to cut.
This a pic of my neighborhood.My house is to the left,the neighbors is on the center top.40% of the vegetation you see is diamond willow blended in with pine spruce and some other brush.I'll grab all I can from here.
approx. 100 hazel shanke ready for trimmimg cut about a year ago. no sign of checking .Ready to cut down for storage and use. I will cut them back yo 5.5 ft. checking them before use and cut to the size of the person who will use them later. Some are over7ft long . .A lot needs straightening and cleaning up before use. Just a quick check on the diameter and length so can store them in the greenhouse . any not uo to use will go for firewood..
This will free storage up in the garage ready to cut this years batch as hoping to get approx 200 . The hazel wood is resonable size and doubt that a couple of hundred will be even missed, The wood managment dont do anything with them but its essential there cut regularly otherwise after approx 15 years without cutting they will die.
It will encourage more growth open the hazel up and improve the trees.
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