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Best Time to fell holly and yew?

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chipmunk

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Dear All,
I have a small yew tree and two small holly trees that I'd like to take down sometime this winter.

It's a simple question really but when can I expect the sap be at its lowest so that I can convert the timber?

December, January or February, full moon or new moon?

Many thanks
Jon
 

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Following translated from: http://www.patrimoinevivantdelafrance.fr/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=26&cntnt01returnid=26

Moon: Time schedule once respected for felling timber. Very generally the waning moon or waning moon, is recommended for felling hardwoods. The black moon (no moon) is particularly sought after, apparently allowing it to obtain a very stable wood drying. The red moon (between April 5 and May 6) is cited in Picardy for felling ash.
And this from: http://www.en.charpentiers.culture.fr/treesintohouses/fromtheforesttotheworksite/felling

"A tree cut between the 1st of October and the 1st of January in the forests of northern France, and slightly later in the southern provinces, that is, when the sap is inactive, will retain all of its qualities."
Jean Bazile Thomas, Traité général de statistique, culture et exploitation des bois, Paris, Bouchard Huzard, 1840, p. 254
Hope its useful
 
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