I want to cut down three cherry trees for wood. Does it matter in what season I fell them?
Andy Rae: Dead of winter, or when the sap is down, is your best bet.
Richard Jones: In temperate climates, during the winter is traditional when followed by air drying. The sap is down and subsequent drying after planking up the trunk is slower than in the summer because temperatures are lower, even though relative humidity also tends to be lower. This helps reduce end checking and surface checking during the initial drying phase.