J left again - he had to get a Back Hoe - yeah they have big tools! LOL - so when he got back they discussed the tree they wanted down and started working on getting it down as quickly as possible. J is the one who said that they could get it down in "Three Easy Steps" hence the title of blog.
|The "horny tree" - in it's glory.|
First though - they had to remove all of the deer horns from the "horny tree" as J called it. R&L's little tractor was good for this - as RB removed all the horns by being in the bucket - (note** - this is the same tractor that RB drove while R&L and I sat in the bucket late at night up at RB's Camp - we were silly and it was a lot of fun!
|RB in a bucket!|
|Digging up the roots of the "horny tree"|
|Skid Steer hooked up to the tree - roots dug out on the back side. I'm backing up!!|
|Going Going... Gone in 1 more minute.|
|Big Tree - leaves Big Hole!|
|It's good it came down - if you look in the root ball you'll see an indentation - there was a huge boulder in the hole that would have made this very weak if a big storm hit it - and most likely it would have gone towards the camp.|
|Hook the tree up to the Skid Steer and start dragging it...|
|Couldn't use this for inside firewood - the creosote would have been incredible.|
|Dragging it into the woods.|
|Disappearing into the woods as R watches it.|
|Amazing to me that in about 8 minutes that tree was dragged into the woods and J was back with the skid steer.|
|Cleaning out the stump and other debris.|
|The end product - no tree - no stump - no mess - and then we hit the trails on the 4 wheelers!|
On Sunday we did more tree work -but the 'old fashioned' way, J cut them down with the chain saw and then into pieces. We, RB, R, L and I, then loaded it into the bucket of the tractor and then stacked it in a pile - it will have a year to dry out and become good wood for burning next year.