I’ve said it before, but I’m amazed at the abundance of volunteer (wild) apple trees found throughout the Catskill Mountains. Last weekend we were near Long Eddy, Sullivan County. Before that up near Franklin, Delaware County, and coming up will be near Westkill, Greene County and Woodstock, Ulster County. These hardy seed-grown standard apple trees have stood the test of time and continue to deliver a wide variety of tasty apples for both humans and wildlife. All they need is some pruning to keep them going strong. One of the best tools I’ve come to depend upon in pruning is the Silky handsaw, Gomtaro model. This little sucker is razor sharp, durable, light, and maneuverable for those hard-to-get-to pruning cuts. No, I’m not being sponsored by Silky, but wish I was.


May the forest be with you,


Ryan Trapani

Director of Forest Services

Catskill Forest Association