5 year old buck +
I found a several chestnut trees on the north edge of a field a few weeks ago. They were probably planted by squirrels that carried the nuts off from the trees near the house. I released them by cutting down most of the competing quaking aspen, sassafras, and autumn olive. Two chestnuts were close together with a 8" aspen leaning out over them a bit. I didn't think I could cut down the aspen without hitting one of the trees. I figured it would break off rather than follow the hinge to the ground. So I decided to try girdling it. Well, that was a mistake too. That aspen has since fallen down It snapped off right at the girdle and fell between the two chesntuts. It took 3 limbs off the larger chestnut. The smaller tree had a Y a few feet off the round and one side of the Y was taken down. I should have left good enough alone and not touched that aspen.