What Trees to Hinge-Cut
Smaller trees generally are most conducive to hinging and some tree species more than others but attempting to hinge larger trees can be dangerous. If hinging isn’t possible due to the danger of the large tree or the tree possibly falling into a good crop tree, it is usually best to double girdle the larger trees, as shown in the picture below and discussed more on the Timber Stand Improvement page. I would highly caution landowners to first contact your local forester, put together a Forest Stewardship program, and initiate a Timber Stand Improvement (TSI) program before taking a chainsaw to the woods. Once crop trees are identified and marked (these will generally be white and red oak species) then cull trees can be girdled or tipped over via hinging without worry of harming valuable trees. You’d hate to start hinging a stand of young white oaks all because you made a mistake in identifying cull trees, going through with a forester will help with tree ID.