WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? ‘Bradford’ pear is an ornamental fruit tree that gets a bad rap these days due to its poor growth structure over time. Normally it develops many codominant leaders that vigorously compete with each other and often lead to splitting. This condition can be reducedContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Now is the time of year to begin training your branches on newly planted apple trees; Something I wish I knew about and did years ago with other fruit trees. During the winter, remove branches with tight crotches and retain those with good branchContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Once in awhile I get a chance to visit a spot near Sparrowbush, NY. It’s actually in Orange County, but near the Sullivan County border on the Mongaup River. Eagle Creek Renewable Energy manages the Rio Reservoir there for making hyrdroelectic power. Upstream ofContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? We were pruning apple trees today during April’s “snow-showers” and noticed how beat up some of the trees were from last summer/fall’s black bears. Scratchings, bent branches, and hair riddled the trees. Bears often sit in one spot where apples are and bend theContinue Reading