Here we have my recent moment of glory. My wife had finally decided that she had had enough of this bothersome pine tree, and I agreed. The needles dropped all year round, and they were spikey and made the ground slippery. The needles were 10cm long and got stuck in everything. The tree was also pushing up the paving stones, hogging lots of light and just generally in the way.
I found a 40cm electric chainsaw for just £60, and spent HOURS watching YouTube videos on how to fell a tree. It’s fantastic how much you can learn on YouTube. I used the bore-cut method, and it worked beautifully. You cut a hinge on the face of the tree where you want it to fall, and then you plunge the chainsaw straight through the tree, and work it back and forth, leaving a strip of wood behind the hinge, and not cutting right through the back of the tree. You then hammer a wedge in the bore cut, and then take out the back of the cut. Having done this I then hammered the wedge in the back of the cut until the tree went on its way. In theory the tree should go down in the same plane as the fibre of the hinge, which is what happened. Spending £7 on a proper tree felling wedge seemed a bit of an extravagance seeing as I would probably only use it once, but it actually doubles as a serious doorstop for the door to my lean-to, so it was money well spent.
Processing the carcass and the stump was several days work. Taking the tree down was 15 minutes work, but dealing with the aftermath was the serious labour. It is now all neatly stacked up in the back corner of the garden, and I have ordered a log ‘grenade’ to deal with the larger bits of stump. Where I have cut the stump down to ground level, I have drilled holes which were then filled with potassium nitrate and water, which should speed the rotting process. I would have loved to have burnt the stump out, but it is way too near the wooden sheds.