During the winter months our crew of 5 occasionally wakes from hibernation from the shop, we sharpen the chainsaws and head outside. Many of the trees we cut down during the winter are rotting or diseased ( risk trees). So far all the trees have been out of play but necessary to cut down because the trees are so frail. The Boxelder shown below had a 20 pound raccoon run out from the bottom after the tree was dropped. After cutting this tree down it was apparent this tree was coming down on its on soon. The sooner we can identify these trees the better, for the members/staff safety.
The picture above is the right side of 9 fairway about 200 yards to the green. This area is very dense with mostly Maples and a few Oak and doesn't allow much sunlight down to the turf area. The first step was to take down two trees with a considerable amount of canopy damage. The 2 Maples also had large limbs (widow makers) hanging and made it necessary to cut down. Finally, the remaining trees were trimmed allowing more light to the turf and aesthetically giving the trees a clean look.
Timber!! from Nathan Peters on Vimeo.
Video above is Josh strategically cutting down a rotted Boxelder.