Last Black Locust Trees Cut for Lumber

Today, we had 2 locust trees cut down. One tree grew two big trunks so it was really like 3 trees.  For years, we’ve discussed building a retaining wall below our persimmon tree to hold back the hillside along a drainage ditch behind the horse corral.  We also need to build a wall where the greenhouse was recently added, that hillside area is 27′ long.

Black Locust is absolutely ideal due to the hard wood and resistant to rot (reference).  We have used it for perennial planter beds (vertical), fencing, and garden beds (horizontal).  Now, we can complete retaining walls before winter.

My neighbor was using a tree service, and I walked up and asked for a quote.  I really like Enco’s friendly personality, and his small business, family vibe as he only works with his two young sons.


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In our conversation, he listened to my request to use the trees, take measurements, and cut them to size.  He said he could bring his bobcat to move the wood for us.  Very impressive!  Once the upper portions of the trees were down, I measured with him and he precisely cut.  Then, he moved them to the greenhouse space.



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Next, Enco cut the thicker trunks of the locust, dropping them.  We measured each trunk into 3′ sections, which he cut and moved.  The bobcat could move 4 at a time so it was going back and forth for at least 30 minutes. I can only image how long it would have taken us to move these 150 lb. pieces on our own with no machinery.  Our backs are very happy!

Check out this Youtube video of Enco’s Bobcat moving the 15′ long locust limbs.



Now, we have a big pile of 500 lb. 15′ logs to build the greenhouse retaining wall.  They said it would take 4 people to move these logs.  I may end up cutting them in half so we can easily move these in place.  I’ll lay landscape/filter fabric on the hillside first…I’ll share the results!

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