When to Hinge-Cut
Late winter and early spring are usually the most effective time to work on hinging when sap is rising. This would be November to April here in Iowa. Hinging during bitterly cold weather can cause the trees to snap off instead of “peeling” as you’d like, thus hinging on days above freezing will help. As stated before hinging some trees too late can cause the spread of disease such as Oak Wilt thus the reason hinging between November and April is a good idea. Remember, if you have invasive trees such as locusts, add some Tordon RTU to the stump to keep it from coming back. Others, such as maples, usually provide browse and cover and should be left alive.