As we prepare to tap our sugar maples for this spring’s sap harvest, I reviewed last year’s post for information. Thought I’d be SUPER lazy and reblog it, rather than write a new one. For once in my life, I didn’t have something to add.
Back at the end of September, I wrote about our time spent marking the sugar maples on our property. It was a stroke of genius on our part, since it is REALLY difficult to determine tree types when they are completely devoid of leaves.
In the spring, identification would be impossible for us, but in the autumn, all we had to do was walk around with some twine and our eyes and look for the telltale sugar maple leaf.
Once located, we would measure the circumfrence of each tree to determine whether it was a candidate for tapping.
We looked for trees that were around 20″ in diameter (preferably larger) that had a well-exposed south-facing spot to hang a bucket.
There are some basic rules of thumb about which trees to use and how large they should be. These rules vary wildly based…
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