Location: Graham, Washington [Zone 7b, 47.041 Latitude] 41inches average annual rainfall, cool summer drought
posted 3 years ago
I recall being taught *somewhere* that when a tree is cut while it's not dormant, it kills off much of its roots and in so doing releases the water contained in those roots. Enough that cutting down a stand of poplars will often make ground boggy for a few days regardless whether or not there's been rain for the past few weeks.
But when I try to confirm these memories via google, my search-fu is failing hard.
Can anybody confirm whether or not this is true [and if it is true, can you provide links supporting it?]
I've gotta go to work, so I don't have time to look for it now. But on youtube there is a video of a group of tree fellers getting a large oak off the top of house. As they're removing top growth to lighten the tree enough to use a crane, water starts pouring out of the trunk of the tree. Freaked the newer tree trimmers out, but think it supports your theory.