When working on a slope, starting at the lowest point.
Hinge cutting trees is a great practice in late summer just as it is in late winter or early spring. Instead of running the saw through the entire trunk, leave about one-third of the meat so that the tree and trunk are still connected when it falls over. Recommended trees for each region perform reliably in that environment and should thrive for many years. Recommendations include trees to replace ash trees harmed by emerald ash borer.
For a short list of selected winter-hardy, disease resistant trees and shrubs for home yards and gardens, see Select trees and shrubs for Minnesota landscapes. Paul Saunders, owner of Howard Lake’s Crow River Nursery, has been in the tree business for 41 years. InPaul and his wife, Tamara, bought 90 acres of land just north of Howard Lake. They started by planting 5, trees per year, which establishes different sizes and varieties of trees in the future for people to choose from.
Aug 23, Typically, hinge cutting conditions are good when the weather is warm and the tree fluids are active.
Individual trees selected should meet overall planning objectives. Before starting, you should have a good idea about what trees are best to hinge, what trees to protect and what trees to kill as a part of Timber Stand Improvement (TSI).