Part 1 in starting our food forest

Removing poplers to make place for fruit bearing trees

At the roadside of our property we have 3 big poplers which gave us concerns. After talking to our environmental agency we agreed upon taking these poplers down including the numerous smaller ones.

In our very windy, often stormy, location this type of tree is very dangerous, because poplers tend to fall over or snap of by storm. These poplers are only a few meters from the road and also our buildings. There is also the danger if these trees fall over there branches penetrate the ground deeply, which could cause damage to the main underground gas pipeline running through our property. The same danger occurs while cutting down the trees as well, so we have to do some things different. But more about that in a different blog post.

Putting the choker chain around the base of the tree

But first things first. We start by removing all the smaller trees by pulling them out of the ground with our winch. This way we hope to get as much as we can of the roots out of the ground. Due to the gas pipeline we are not allowed to dig the roots up.

Remotely operating the winch

Fortunate we have a 6,5 Ton winch which is remote controlled. The winch makes easy work removing those smaller trees.

Pulling out a tree

Sometimes the roots snap of and we had to pull them out separate.

Root on the chain
Root pulled out of the ground

Here are a few more impressions.

Tree on its way down
The root system is very shallow
Time to clean up

The final result. This small peace of our property has been cleared and mulched to prepare for the new fruit bearing trees.

The final result

The next step: cutting down the big poplers