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    2 Weeks Ago
    Putting down compost DOES relieve soil compaction. The chemical changes in the soil due to the decomposition process and the life cycles of all the living organisms are what do it. This has been proven far more effective than drilling holes.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Yep, I only use a double bit for chopping through trunk wood against the grain. The taper just isn't enough for splitting firewood with the grain. And like Sean says, one side is for clean wood and other for dirty. Sometimes after sharpening the dirty side a lot more often, they get a little different shape and taper that makes it clearer which is which.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    I don't offer vertical mulching anymore. It felt too much like selling snake oil to me. The science on the issue is inconclusive at best. I've never seen any good research showing that it actually works to improve nutrient availability or soil moisture retention. Drilling holes might relieve compaction and improve water penetration, if the holes were closely spaced enough, but filling the holes with mulch or fertilizer won't help with anything at all as far as I can tell. For declining trees like the one you describe, I recommend a compost application 1/2" deep on turf and 2" in garden beds. Unlike vertical mulching, putting down compost actually does improve nutrient availability, as well as enriching the soil ecosystem because compost contains all the microorganisms that have relationships with trees. It's like a probiotic supplement for the soil.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Whitepages.com. You just type in the phone number and if it's listed, it gives you the address.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    As long as it's not a private residential number, they'll do it. Of course, nowadays you can just do a reverse address search online.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Yeah, she didn't seem to fall for the usual tough tree guy banter at all. I think she saw right through it to the blood stains underneath.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    The best screening process I've ever encountered was an add for "tree climber wanted" put up on the college job board at WWU. No company or persons name was given, just a number. If you called the number, nobody ever answered. Finally, I called the phone company and got the address and went there. When I arrived, they said I had passed the test and was hired.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Bounce replied to a thread Black Bears Matter in Odds and Ends
    A black bear just swam the channel to Lummi Island a few months ago. It seems a whale died and the carcass washed ashore and began attracting bears from a long way off. At least two of them came for the whale blubber and stayed for the garbage. You've never seen so many scared rich liberals buy guns so fast!
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Hahaha! That's the truth!
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Yeah, I could try Craigslist. But I hate meeting up with some junky in a grocery store parking lot to buy something that is probably stolen and worrying about getting robbed the whole time. Might try the pawn shops first.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    I am getting ready to go spend a week working on a FS trail crew in the Goat Rocks wilderness, and am looking for a nice old double bit axe to take with me. Since I'll be the odd-man out without a saw partner to work a crosscut with, I'll be using an axe to chop logs out of the trail. But last year I was issued a piece of crap and I broke it. Not gonna happen this year! So, has anybody got an old double bit sitting around in their barn they would be willing to part with?
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Yeah, she didn't seem to want to get to know me at all after that. She seemed pretty interested before I told her I was an arborist though. But afterward, she went to find another place to sit.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Whoa, that must be a trip to be putting tree guys back together. I just met a woman at my son's karate practice who told me she is a nurse and then asked me what I do. When I told her, she told me about the arborist who was brought into the ER after a fall tht she had to help. Then she asked me if I had ever fallen, and when I said yes she just picked up her purse and left without even saying goodbye.
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    07-06-2017
    Bounce replied to a thread Fighting The Heat!!! in Gear Forum
    It was 103 here yesterday, and supposed to be 105 today. I just postponed the job I was gonna do and am taking my son up to the mountains to go camping and creek-walking instead.
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    06-26-2017
    Bounce replied to a thread Trail clearing in Odds and Ends
    That sure is some beautiful country, Buddy! I do a bit of volunteer trail work myself, and 20 years ago was on a FS wilderness trail/fire crew. I absolutely LOVE clearing trails with an axe and a crosscut saw. I am headed out for a week in the Goat Rocks with my girlfriend's FS crew later on this summer. I hope I have as much fun as it looks like you did!
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    06-21-2017
    Bounce replied to a thread Wedge Belts in Gear Forum
    This is the best thread I've read in a while. It's threads like this one that make me love this site. Nice setup, Gypo. I like your attitude. Thanks for taking the time to post.
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    06-14-2017
    Any hinge you walk away from is a good hinge.
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