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Old 10-31-2009, 01:59 PM
 
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Got most the Leaves Raked Well just got the Lighter out and lit them.Had Forestry fly over check out all the smoke.





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Old 10-31-2009, 04:34 PM
 
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Hillman I know how you feel. I got 16 piles of brush from where I have been clearing some forest back into fields. Each pile is about the size of a one car garage, and I live on a big hill, so when I touch these babies off people are going to think half of Maine is on fire!

My wife thinks the same thing though. She thinks because I am home all the time I don't work even though as a farmer, my work hours typically are 14-18 hours long!
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Old 10-31-2009, 09:48 PM
 
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I'm kicking it around just setting my whole place on fire next Spring.Its been years since it has burnt.Just hope it doesn't look like this It was just North of us at the Lake.





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Old 11-01-2009, 05:32 AM
 
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I'm waiting for the first snow. You don't need a permit once the snow hits the ground here in Maine. Most of this wood is softwood limbs that have been drying for over a year so they are ready to burn for sure.

I do have a few piles of old apple trees that are piled up and ready to burn as well. Those guys are over 12-18 inches in diameter so they are going to burn for quite awhile.
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Old 11-01-2009, 06:50 AM
 
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Surprised someone didn't want that apple wood for their smokehouse.

Apple wood is tight up there with maple and hickory as great wood to use in the smoke house.
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Old 11-03-2009, 07:18 AM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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I did some student employment on a college campus one year and thought they were joking about one of our jobs. We were going to bale leaves! I asked if they were going to stack them back by the portable post holes. lol One end of campus is covered with huge oak trees with leaves that cover everything. The crew went in with blowers and rakes, piling the leaves in long lines. Then the tractor and baler from the college farm was put into use. Those leaves baled up nice and tight and hauled out to the farm, except for the ones one man kept coming to get to use in his compost pile.
At home I learned from my dad. We don't rake them any more. Just wait till most have fallen and mow them up. Good fertilizer for the yard. My dad has done this as long as I can remember and it hasn't hurt the yard yet.
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Old 11-06-2009, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Yeah, have 3 big cottonwoods in the yard, get a ton of leaves, I mow them with a (real) Troy-Bilt mulching mower, have been doing that since '91. It does improve the lawn, about the easiest way to get rid of them anyway.

Cattle will eat cottonwood leaves. I don't know how nutritious they are, but the cows love them.
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Old 11-06-2009, 07:19 PM
 
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I got 3 huge cottonwood trees in my yard also.

They give off so many leaves that mulching them would leave about a foot of leaves.

Our cattle will only nibble on them.

I usually use them for bedding in the cattle shed

I hope those trees never fall down cuz it would be a task cutting them up and the fire wood is darn near useless from a cottonwood.
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Old 11-07-2009, 08:29 AM
 
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how is that compare to tulip tree for fire wood.

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I got 3 huge cottonwood trees in my yard also.

They give off so many leaves that mulching them would leave about a foot of leaves.

Our cattle will only nibble on them.

I usually use them for bedding in the cattle shed

I hope those trees never fall down cuz it would be a task cutting them up and the fire wood is darn near useless from a cottonwood.
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Old 11-07-2009, 08:35 AM
 
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I don't know.

Cottonwood trees appear to be similar to popple trees but grow much bigger and last longer.

They are a soft wood and thus burn fast with little heat given off ( compared to oak )

Being a soft wood, they are difficult to split ,also.
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