This was a pretty cool tree we got to prune near Rondout in Ulster County. It was one of the largest trees we’ve done. Some time ago, it was “let go” & sprouted some large branches or “suckers.” These “suckers” shaded out the lower branches over time & became the majority of the tree. We did the best we could to reduce its height & width to allow more sunlight onto the tree’s lower portion & to reduce future breaking or cracking of tall sprouts. If left alone, this tree would become a total “umbrella” and only have fruit/leaves growing at the outer edge of its crown. From the photos, it is difficult to see how much material we took out, but it was quite a bit. We’ll see how it goes.  

Before Pruning
During Pruning
After Pruning

May the Forest Be with You,


Ryan Trapani

Director of Forest Services

Catskill Forest Association