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Old 01-16-2010, 07:42 PM   post #1 of 28
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I have a couple of trees that I think I will hire a tree service to cut down for me. To get the best price, I am going to have them put them on the ground, chip/remove the brush and I will finish cutting them up.

FIREWOOD IS $150-$175 A CORD HERE IN VIRGINIA BEACH

My trees are both Oak, and next year I should be able to re-coup my costs in tree removal. But Im gonna have a mountain of sawdust.

Will a Billy Goat or Lawn Vac suck up sawdust?

I would estimate I have about 8 or 9 cords of wood between the two trees!
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Old 01-16-2010, 07:52 PM   post #2 of 28
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I used a sweeper for my sawdust i cut and split 24 to 36 cord a year
i had no problems with this set up pull behine sweeper like agri fab
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Old 01-16-2010, 08:03 PM   post #3 of 28
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Personally, I'd just rake the dust into the lawn and let it go to mulch.
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Personally, I'd just rake the dust into the lawn and let it go to mulch.


Only because I don't have a lawn... I have a yard.
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Silly as it may sound, buy a couple of those big, blue, cheap tarps and put them down before you drop the trees. You'll have some holes in them but it sure makes the cleanup of the mess a whole lot easier. The sawdust is easy to clean up compared to the gazillion little twigs and bark chips.

It also assures you that you'll get the job done promptly as leaving that tarp down for too long will kill the grass.

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Old 01-16-2010, 08:30 PM   post #6 of 28
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i just leave the small amounts and rake out the bigger piles. it does your soil good by putting organics back. i don't even bother with the small twigs, by the time grass cutting starts again they will be brittle enough to mow. but just in case i always wait to sharpen/change blades until after the first couple cuts!
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I have a couple of trees that I think I will hire a tree service to cut down for me. To get the best price, I am going to have them put them on the ground, chip/remove the brush and I will finish cutting them up.

FIREWOOD IS $150-$175 A CORD HERE IN VIRGINIA BEACH

My trees are both Oak, and next year I should be able to re-coup my costs in tree removal. But Im gonna have a mountain of sawdust.

Will a Billy Goat or Lawn Vac suck up sawdust?

I would estimate I have about 8 or 9 cords of wood between the two trees!
I would think the Billy Goat would do it (I once sold those machines)
I used my sears shop vac, Had to empty the tank Quite often but IT WORKED!!!!!
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You get the maid to do it. But please have some manners and show her where the shop vac and extension cords are.

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Old 01-16-2010, 08:58 PM   post #9 of 28
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As I think about it, letting it go to mulch will be a good thing. One of the reasons I want to take the trees down is so I can have a lawn......

I will need a load or two of topsoil/horse manure so I can just rake it flat, top dress with manure/topsoil and seed.

Thats why I like this place! You guys point out the easy simple routes!
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8 or 9 cords from two trees.... holy doodle.. can ya post a picture of em...
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Old 01-16-2010, 09:29 PM   post #11 of 28
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I've dropped a couple of big trees and the most I've gotten out of any one tree is about 2 cord cut and split, they must be pretty good size! I think you're on the right track to let it go to mulch, spread it out thin and you'll be amazed how fast it breaks down!
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If there not dieased..blown over..lightning struck..I would miss the Shade..
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Old 01-16-2010, 09:47 PM   post #13 of 28
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Shade?

Well this year one of the oaks dumped 10 33 gallon garbage cans FULL of Acorns. I was able to shovel them up I had so many. I read that others had the "Year of the Acorn" elsewhere.

The two oaks have robbed my lawn of nutrients, and I cannot make grass grow.

The other oak is a bit too close to the house for comfort and in Hurricane Alley on the East Coast, I am doing my insurance company a favor!

Would I be able to chip up the brush and mix it in with the horse manure and topsoil? Wouldnt it rot/decay and compost?
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I used a push mower with a bagger to suck up most of the mess I make using my chainsaw,it works pretty good..then I just dump the chips & bark into the wood stove and enjoy the heat!..I have used the wood chips as "speedi-dri" to sop up oil spills in the garage too,after they have dried out..
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Personally, I'd just rake the dust into the lawn and let it go to mulch.
What he said.

I had a white oak cut from my rental house lawn last summer. After it was cut and split, it was 8 long bed one ton pickup loads to haul away (stacked to the top of the cab in the middle). We just raked all the sawdust around to thin it out, it's already gone.
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