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The key notch technique, the ultimate method for felling trees

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Old forests store carbon and are crucial for maintaining environmental balance by absorbing stormwater runoff, purifying air, and preventing soil erosion. Trees also support biodiversity, provide shade that helps reduce heat-related illnesses, and provide a vital link to the natural world, improving mental health. key notch technique

But sometimes tree removal becomes necessary, whether for disease control, sustainable resource extraction, or safety measures. In those cases, the key notch technique, also known as the tongue and groove technique, offers a precise method for directing a tree’s fall, reducing the likelihood of harm to nearby property, trees, or people.

cutting two vertical cuts
The key notch technique involves making a wedge cut on the side of the tree facing the intended direction of the fallβ€”a horizontal cut intersecting with a downward diagonal cut. The notch is completed by making two well-placed vertical cuts, one lower horizontal cut, and two “back cuts,” as demonstrated by the impressive Finnish Lumberjack School tutorial above.

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