WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Stuck in meetings for two days in Suffern, Rockland County for the New York State Arborists Winter Conference. Two of the meetings spoke about the looming threat–now in PA–from spotted lantern fly. This pretty insect sucks the sap right out of trees and createsContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? The Apple Tree Pruning season is well underway & so is winter. Ice, snow, & wind are coming & with that comes tree damage. Pruning trees not only helps reallocate sunlight onto the healthiest branches, but also can improve shape & overall sturdiness. ForContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Are deer hungry? They sure are. John & I finished pruning these 2 apple trees and moved to the other side of the yard when 3 deer popped out and began browsing the fresh apple buds. They must have been patiently waiting for usContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? And the award goes to–The Husqvarna 562 XP chainsaw with a 20″ bar. I’ve heard some mixed reviews in its durability department, but this is the most comfortable and ergonomic chainsaw I’ve ever used. It’s also priced modestly and the weight to power is justContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Well, it’s about 50 degrees outside in central Ulster County and I’m betting this sugar maple is thinking about running on this New Year’s Day.  Last year, I tapped early in January, and probably could make syrup this first week in January since temperaturesContinue Reading