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I know a lot has been talked about lately about hinge cutting, but I am trying to figure something out. I need to do some cutting this winter to try and thicken up an area of hardwoods. It seems to me that I would get thicker cover by just cutting the trees off at say knee level because of all the sprouts that will come off the stump than I would by hinge cutting the area. Am I wrong?
 

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Hinge cutting achieves similar results in that it removes the overhead canopy and allows more sun to get through. Depending on the species you will get the regeneration at the stump and root. Hinge cutting provides some overhead cover, but also some of the leaves will continue to grow and will be green because of connection at the Hinge.
 
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