WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Finally got some winter weather. This photo was taken on the Shawangunk Ridge in Cragsmoor, Ulster County. Here, we are reducing the height of an overgrown pear tree. In the other photo we’re pruning an old apple tree riddled with bear damage. As I’veContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? The 2024 Apple Tree Pruning season has begun at CFA. We are scheduled to prune every day from early January into early April. Since doing this pruning program 5 or so years ago, we sure do get to know winter in the Catskills. LastContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Maybe you’ve heard the saying before about apple tree pruning and cats. The old timers would often state, “An apple tree wasn’t pruned enough until you could throw a cat through it.” After we finished pruning a member’s apple tree, the neighbor’s cat decidedContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? I remember talking to a local logger years back about his upcoming work schedule. There was some weather coming in or something, and he would calmly reply, “Well, if the mailman works, then I will be.” Although I would argue working outside is moreContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Just got done pruning our apple tree last week. As you might recall, this tree was an ornamental apple that was beheaded & grafted onto back in 2014. Saw some flowers 2 years ago that didn’t fruit due to frost. Last year, we didContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? 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, GreeneContinue Reading