It was a sign and the end of time for these pines

They needed to come down and they did so in style.

Few people may notice a difference between a red pine tree and a white pine tree, unless they take a closer look. White pine has five needles per bundle, while red and jack pines have two needles. All the other native conifers with green needles year round in our region have single or individual needles attaching to the stem.

These trees seem to reach for the sky which is why you need the heavy hoist bucket truck

Red pine can be found from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and all the way north and south of the St. Lawrence river to the great lakes and as far as Minnesota. Some of the uses of Red pine wood are : for poles/utility poles , and the utility poles that are made from red pines can be found from here all across the country to Seattle.

Maneuvering to get in a little closer to the action

Other uses are lumber, to build log cabins, railway ties, post, pulpwood, and fuel. Some are also planted and used as Christmas trees. Another characteristic is as it grows straight into the air it looses its branches, and is not a favorite for birds and animals as it does not really offer any shelter so to speak.

And clearing debris as it gets to its desired position

Notice the trimming that is done beforehand

Inching its way to the top

This story is about two red pines that were recently taken/cut down and removed from a property here in Norwich. They were originally planted in the early 1970’s and were supposed to be either series of hedges and or a bush or two. The only problem was that they may have been neglected by the original owner and not properly managed or should I say manicured.

Red pine wood is moderately hard and the grain is straight and can grow very tall as the below photos will show.

You need several types of equipment to get the job done right (Truck for wood chips, A wood chipper, some manual labor and a bucket truck to hoist to the top and work your way down the tree. ) Oh and maybe a couple of real nice and sharp chainsaws

Trimming up the branches as you go will make cutting of the tree a lot easier

And it comes down in sections

And the ground crew feeds it through the chipper when it is safe to do so

And now they shorten the length one section at a time.

Making its way back down so that the last piece is manageable from the ground