|Mostly cleared out. Wrapped tree in the foreground (leaning to left) is a pear tree. This row of the windbreak is to parallel the side of the barn and continue past the far end.|
|The bigger stems that were not to punky were cut into 6 foot lengths and put in one of the barns.|
|A freshly planted chestnut tree. Chestnut trees with some Chinese Chestnut (Castenea mollisima) in their genetics make excellent windbreaks because they retain their leaves through most of the winter.|
|Intricate, delicate root hairs. That is one reason why five minutes from dug-to-replanted is a great thing.|
|Armored against rabbits and other nibbling varmints. I am using "masking paper" this year and am finding it easy to work with. I used newspaper in previous years but no longer have a source of recycled newspapers.|
Some of the stems I was cutting were Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina). I made a knife handle out of the heartwood once. It is soft and brittle but very colorful.
|Cut on the diagonal with a chain saw|
|A close-up of the cut.|